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Premier Lin Chuan reaffirmed Tuesday that all visitors to Taiwan are welcome, in the wake of a Facebook post by Minister without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen that Chinese visitors are Taiwan's most-needed friends.
SEF chairman seeking talks with Beijing
Newly appointed Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) expressed hopes of engaging in dialogue with senior mainland Chinese authorities over an alternative to the "1992 Consensus" on Monday, saying that current cross-strait relations cannot get any worse.
The Cabinet said Monday that a Facebook comment by Minister Without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen (張景森) describing Chinese visitors as Taiwan's most needed friends was his personal view and did not represent the stance of the Taiwan government.
The United States reiterated its longstanding commitment to Taiwan, following President Obama's meeting with Xi Jinping in China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Sunday.
Describing visitors from China as "Taiwan's most-needed friends," a senior official urged netizens here Sunday to recognize the difference between Chinese people and their government, and warned that if a majority of Chinese develop antipathy toward Taiwan, "that would be a real danger."
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Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said Friday that mainland Chinese students should not have their learning opportunities in Taiwan undermined by political factors.
Former Foreign Minister Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) will head the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a presidential spokesman said Wednesday, ending months of speculation over the leadership of the semi-official body in charge of handling ties with Beijing.
China's military has the capability to seize Taiwan's offshore islands and is looking to complete deployments by 2020 to ready its troops for cross-strait war at any time, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
A local travel agency catering to mainland Chinese tourists closed without notice Wednesday -- the first of such firms to go under since the new government took office.
No reply from China to city forum invite
None of the five Chinese cities invited to an international forum organized by Kaohsiung have provided a response on whether they will attend the event, the city's Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming said Wednesday.
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