Radio Taiwan International
Premier Lin Chuan says planned restrictions on retired military officials of senior rank and political
appointees visiting China are appropriate. Lin was speaking Friday in an interview.
The government has introduced a revision to a statute governing personal exchanges across the Taiwan Strait. The move came following a controversial trip by a small number of retired top brass to attend an official event presided over by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Beijing last November.
Under the revision, retired top brass will be barred from attending official activities held by Chinese leaders. There will be punishments for violators .
Lin said the government has no plans to curb freedom of speech or the free movement of individuals. But he said there is a need to introduce stricter rules. [FULL STORY]