Given the current climate of cross-Straits relations, the Chinese mainla
上海楼凤nd suspended issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan on Thursday. What do
es the move suggest? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:
上海楼凤女神会所DPP should stop splittist activities
Taiwan witnessed rapid growth in tourist arrivals from the mai
nland in the eight years before Tsai Ing-wen became the island leader in 2016.
Individual travel to Taiwan was first permitted for residents of Beijin
上海楼凤女神会所g, Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian province, in 2011 when cross-Straits relations were goo
d thanks partly to Ma Ying-jeou being the Taiwan leader. The arrangement was extended to 47 mainland cities over the fol
上海楼凤lowing three years. As a result, mainland tourist arrivals in Taiwan peaked at more than 4 million in 2015.
But tourist arrivals began dropping after Tsai took office, because she and her Democratic Progressive Party refused to rec
ognize the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, which soured cross-Straits relations.上海楼凤女神会所
Mainland visitors－a large number of whom are individual travelers－account for ab
out a quarter of Taiwan’s total tourist arrivals, so the new curbs could rattle the island’s tourism industry and上海楼凤
hurt the broader economy. If the situation continues to worsen, the system for mai
上海楼凤nland tourists to apply for group travel to the island might also be affected in the foreseeable future.
But ignoring the mainland’s huge contribution to the island’s tou
rism sector prosperity and economic growth, Tsai and the DPP have more brazenly p上海楼凤女神会所
ushed forward their “Taiwan independence” agenda without thinking that, by fur
上海楼凤ther straining cross-Straits relations, they are compromising the well-being of Taiwan compatriots.
Besides, without any evidence to prove their outrageous claim, Tsai
and her fellow DPP leaders accused the mainland of sending spies and interferi上海楼凤女神会所
ng in the local elections last year, which put the safety of mainland individual travelers at risk.