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MAC welcomes Chinese reporter to re-apply for entry permit

2018/07/02 16:22:24

Chinese reporter Ye Qinglin (Image taken from Ye's Facebook fan page)

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwan welcomes a Chinese reporter who has been denied an entry permit to re-apply, as long as he cools down and refrains from making emotional remarks, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Monday.

Chen was referring to Ye Qinglin (葉青林), a reporter with Fujian- based China Southeast TV, and said he is welcome to re-apply for an entry permit to cover news in Taiwan.

Chen's remarks came after Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, said at a June 27 regular news conference that Taiwan has set a bad precedent in cross- Taiwan Strait journalist exchanges by refusing to issue an entry permit to Ye.

Ye was denied an entry permit to re-enter Taiwan because a report he made about the Hualien earthquake that occurred in February this year was "quite twisted," Chen said.

According to Chen, the report posted by Ye on his Facebook page claiming that "a Japanese research and rescue team refused to enter the disaster area out of fear of danger" was not true.

The truth is that Taiwan declined the Japanese team's goodwill to help with the rescue mission because an assessment showed that the manpower at the time was sufficient, he explained.

Ye's report was a far cry from the truth and was contradictory to Taiwan's goals in terms of cross-strait news exchanges, he argued.

To boost mutual understanding and reach compromise is the main purpose when it comes to cross-strait news exchanges, but Ye's report has triggered many disputes, Chen went on.

Many Chinese tourists were affected when the earthquake jolted Haulien and it is important to make non-biased reports with compassion, he stressed, noting that Ye's response afterward on Facebook was also too emotional.

"The denial of his entry permit this time is to allow him to cool down for a while. He is still welcome to re-apply for a permit," Chen said.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang)