China restricting tourism to Taiwan after elections

Beijing’s policies are having an impact on Taiwan’s travel industry.

Date: Feb. 23, 2016
By: Elizabeth Shim

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Feb. 23 (UPI) — China has made significant changes in its

Tsai Ing-wen, president-elect of Taiwan. Photo courtesy of Voice of America

Tsai Ing-wen, president-elect of Taiwan. Photo courtesy of Voice of America

tourism policy regarding Taiwan in the wake of recent presidential elections, and the policies are hitting Taiwan’s businesses.

Beijing is enforcing policies that discourage mainland Chinese tourists from visiting Taiwan and has also restricted the number of cities Taiwanese nationals are allowed to visit unaccompanied on the mainland, Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times reported.

China could be wary of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. Analysts have said Tsai could be a check against China’s increasing influence in the region, and China has been monitoring Taiwan carefully since the elections.

Beijing does not recognize the government in Taipei as a sovereign state.

Since the opposition’s victory, mainland Chinese authorities have placed quotas on outbound tourists. Before the new rules, an average of 8,000 Chinese tourists visited Taiwan daily, but that number is now down by 40 percent, to about 5,000, Taiwan media reported.     [FULL  STORY]

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