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Cross-strait stamp exhibition to commemorate 30 years of exchanges

2017/10/06 21:08:35

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) A stamp exhibition that features letters sent between Taiwan and China will be held from Oct. 11 to 20 in Taipei to commemorate 30 years of cross-strait exchanges since the Republic of China (Taiwan) government began to allow visits to China in 1987.

The exhibition, organized by Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's official postal service, is part of a Mainland Affairs Council campaign celebrating 30 years of cross-strait relations, said company spokeswoman Lan Shu-chen (藍淑貞).

"This exhibition also reminds us that there are numerous perspectives of cross-strait exchanges," Lan said, adding that postal ties between Taiwan and China have always been close regardless of what political party has been in power in Taiwan.

The exhibition at the Postal Museum will showcase 60 frames of philatelic displays created by the company or from private collections solicited from philatelists from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau, she said.

The earliest collection dates back to the Qing dynasty between 1644 and 1912, while others display items being sent when China faced a war with Japan and then a civil war during the 1940s, Lan said.

One of the exhibition's highlights is a stamp with the theme of a swan goose -- a symbol of letter carriers in Chinese culture -- which was issued in 2014.

That year, Chunghwa Post and its Chinese counterpart, China Post, worked together for the first time to each issue a stamp with the same swan goose theme but different designs to celebrate ties. The Taiwan stamp will be on display.

There will be no representatives from China attending the exhibition, Lan said, but she indicated that this was the organizer's intention from the beginning.

The postal services from the two sides continue to have close relations, she said, stressing that Taiwan and China have been taking turns hosting rare stamp exhibitions since 2013, with the latest one concluding in Tianjin just last month.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)