Taiwan accuses China of ‘politicizing’ tourism

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/10/06
By: Chen Chia-lun and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday the government will not

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

accept China’s policy of dividing Taiwan into “pan-blue” and “pan-green” areas based on which Chinese visitors follow a “politicized” schedule while traveling around the island.

“The government’s policy of welcoming Chinese tourists remains unchanged, but we do not welcome (Beijing’s) political arrangement of Chinese tourist schedules in Taiwan,” said MAC Vice Chairman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正).

He added Beijing’s actions will “worsen the relations between the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.”

Chiu was replying to a media question about China allowing its citizens to only visit eight Taiwanese cities and counties whose governments are headed by mayors and magistrates who are from the pan-blue camp — meaning Kuomintang (KMT) and its pro-China allies.     [FULL  STORY]

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