Date: May 28, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) yesterday said that he had not heard any comments from his Chinese counterpart, Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), on a possible termination of the “small three links” between outlying Kinmen and China.
However, on the sidelines of a seminar on political developments in China, Hsia said that if Zhang did talk about a possible halt to the links should Kinmen develop a casino business, the comments were “inappropriate.”
According to local media reports, Zhang, during a visit to Kinmen with Hsia last weekend, said that if Kinmen wants to use casinos to attract Chinese visitors, China would cut the links.
Since Jan. 1, 2001, Taiwan and China have had direct trade, postal and transportation links between Taiwan’s islands of Kinmen and Matsu, and the Fujian ports of Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou. [FULL STORY]