IN WHAT CAPACITY?If Chu travels as New Taipei City mayor to his proposed meeting with the Chinese president, the trip must meet one of four conditions
Date: Apr 27, 2015
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and Hsu Sheng-lun / Staff reporters
The legality of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫)
scheduled meeting with Chinese President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing on May 4 has been called into question, as his status as New Taipei City mayor means such a visit is subject to certain legal restrictions.
According to the National Immigration Agency, the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) stipulates that if the mayor of a municipality plans to visit China, the visit must be applied for in advance.
Under the Regulations Governing Public Servants and Special Status Personnel from the Taiwan Area Entering the Mainland Area (臺灣地區公務員及特定身分人員進入大陸地區許可辦法), the mayor of a municipality is only allowed to enter China when the visit is related to their official duties, or is a visit to a relative. [FULL STORY]