China bans individual travel to Taiwan

TOURISM: The move is seen as another attempt to isolate Taiwan in the hope of spoiling President Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election chances on Jan. 11 next year

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 01, 2019
By:: Bloomberg

Beijing yesterday announced that starting today it is suspending a program that allowed individual

People look at paper lanterns by the entrance of the Longshan Temple in Taipei’s Wanhua District on Jan. 25. Chinese tourists like to visit the temple because of its strong traditional atmosphere.
Photo: CNA

tourists from 47 Chinese cities to travel to Taiwan, citing the current state of relations between the two sides.

Chinese nationals may only travel to Taiwan as tourists if they are part of tour groups, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement.

The ministry’s statement did not provide any further details as to the reason for the ban.

The unexpected move comes as China attempts to isolate Taiwan and President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration.

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