By: Chen Chih-chung and Matthew Mazzetta
Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) sent a letter to Taiwanese universities lastweek, urging them to remind Chinese students that acts of vandalism or violence could lead to the cancellation of their entry permits, an official told CNA.
The letter follows a spate of recent incidents at campus Lennon Walls, where messages of support for Hong Kong have led to political conflict, often pitting students from Taiwan and Hong Kong against students and tourists from China.
In an interview with CNA, Chu Chun-chang (朱俊章), director of the ministry's Department of Higher Education, said the decision to send the letter was made following the Oct. 8 deportation of a Chinese tourist who was filmed tearing down messages at a Lennon Wall at National Taiwan University.
The purpose of the letter was to create awareness on the part of Chinese students studying in Taiwan, and avoid a situation where a student's ignorance of Taiwanese law could jeopardize their academic standing, Chu said. [FULL STORY]