By: Yin Chun-chieh and Lilian Wu
Beijing, Jan. 11 (CNA) The number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan totaled 3.61 million in 2016, a drop of
nearly 800,000 from the previous year based on an initial estimate, a spokesman from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday.
This represents the first fall in eight years, Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) said.
In contrast, Taiwanese made 5.73 million visits to China in 2016, an increase of 300,000 from the previous year, he said.
Asked about the fate of the “three mini links” in the wake of chilly cross-strait relations following the inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in May, Ma said the program will continue. [FULL STORY]