Businessmen hope PRC’s visa-free policy can endure
Many Taiwanese businessmen welcomed the announcement of China’s State Council Thursday to offer visa-free treatment for Taiwanese travelers to China, starting July 1, and they expressed the hope that this is a steadfast policy which will not be altered in the light of shifting political winds.
Su Lai teh, honorary president of the Kushan Taiwanese Businessmen Association, said that with the new visa- free policy, Taiwanese businessmen can save time and money traveling between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. Many members of the association appreciate the convenience, he maintained.
Citing that more than 100 countries around the globe are offering Taiwanese travelers visa-free entry, Su considers it only reasonable for Beijing to make such an offer.
However, there are also Taiwanese businessmen who suspect that the Beijing policy was aimed at luring more Taiwanese investors.
Yeh Chao- ming, chairman of the New Taipei City- based Fong Mei Leather Co., said that many Taiwanese businessmen who have ventured to the mainland China market since 1992 have quit. He believes that the Beijing authorities see a crisis as many Taiwanese businessmen have left.