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Foreign-based businessmen returning to vote

2014/11/28 20:29:45

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Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Many foreign-based Taiwanese businessmen returned home Friday to vote in the following day's nine-in-one local elections, according to airport authorities.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, said airlines serving routes to Taiwan had added 46 extra flights during the Nov. 26-Dec. 2 period.

Visitor arrivals have increased in recent days and many of them are homebound Taiwanese businessmen from Japan, Macau, the Philippines and Cambodia, it noted.

Meanwhile, many Taiwanese businessmen based in southern China's Fujian Province have used the ferry services between ports in Fujian and Taiwan- controlled Kinmen Island, from where they can take domestic flights for Taipei and Taichung on Taiwan proper -- two key strongholds long controlled by the ruling Kuomintang, which is facing fierce competition from the opposition.

(By C.F. Bian and Flor Wang)

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