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Parents of students from China in Taiwan allowed short-term visits: ministry

TAIPEI--Parents of Chinese nationals studying in Taiwan will be able to apply to make short visits to their children from Jan. 1 as part of Taiwan's efforts to ease restrictions on this group.

The new rule is stipulated under an Interior Ministry amendment to the four regulations governing entry permission for Chinese people to Taiwan, and is aimed at encouraging cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges, the ministry said.

In addition, parents of Chinese nationals who marry Taiwanese can visit Taiwan under the same scheme, according to Deputy Interior Minister Hsiao Chia-chi.

The law revision is humanitarian-oriented, Hsiao said, adding that he is not too concerned that the Chinese visitors will illegally overstay their trips, as they will have to undergo strict background checks.

Under the amendment, the number of households that can be headed by Chinese nationals in Taiwan will be capped at 20,000, with the combined amount of land they can own restricted to 1,300 hectares.

Ministry data shows that only 122 of the some 7 million households in Taiwan have been headed by Chinese nationals over the past 12 years.

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