By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said Wednesday that the operation of Chinese tourists travelling into Taiwan, the ongoing cross-Strait trade-in-goods agreement, and the cross-strait hotline will depend on development of cross-Strait relations after Taiwan’s general elections.
On the issue of whether China will reduce the number of Chinese tourists allowed into Taiwan after the elections, TAO spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said in the first press conference after the elections that China has never set a quota on Chinese tourists allowed to enter Taiwan.
“Setting a quota was Taiwan’s unilateral decision,” Ma said, adding that the fluctuation of numbers of Chinese tourists to travel into Taiwan is a market behavior determined by travel agencies and tourists’ intentions.
However, Ma said, “The next step is that we will handle related affairs according to development of cross-Strait relations and demand of tourism markets on both sides.” [FULL STORY]