Busi­ness­men hope PRC’s visa-free pol­icy can en­dure

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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