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MAC unveils new policies to encourage more Chinese visitors

2017/12/23 20:19:06

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Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月) announced Saturday two policies that the government is planning to roll out to encourage more Chinese nationals to visit Taiwan.

To begin with, Chang previewed an amendment that is currently underway for the "Regulations Governing the Trial Operation of Transportation Links Between Kinmen/Matsu/Penghu and the Mainland Area," which seeks to reduce the minimum number of Chinese nationals that can comprise a tour group traveling via the "three mini links" from five to three people.

The three mini links characterize travel and exchanges between Fujian Province in China and the two island counties of Kinmen and Lienchiang (Matsu) under Taiwan's administration.

The National Immigration Agency announced a few days earlier that it will streamline the process by which Chinese nationals can travel via the links by reducing the review times for travel applications from five to three days.

Another policy that the MAC is implementing is the expansion of which family members of Chinese nationals with Taiwanese spouses can visit the country.

Chang said that the government is looking into allowing extended family -- those related by marriage -- of a Chinese national who has married a Taiwanese and has obtained a national identification card -- to visit Taiwan.

The policy would also open the doors for a Chinese national's siblings and their spouses to visit even if the national does not have a national identification card.

According to the minister, these policies are being made under the premise of the "people at the center," hoping to promote the rights of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)