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As tourism between Taiwan and China continues to shrink, Taiwanese airlines are turning their attention to Northeast Asia, offering 30 percent reductions compared with last summer.
 
The four Taiwanese carriers that operate in Shanghai, China, said Sunday that their flight schedules had not been disrupted by a small explosion that occurred at the city's Pudong International Airport earlier in the day.
 
The Beijing authorities reportedly plan to reduce the number of Taiwan-bound Chinese tourists in three stages by the end of the year, and the total number of tourist arrivals from mainland China is estimated to fall to under 2 million in 2016, down sharply from the 3.85 million arrivals recorded in 2015, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported on Friday.
 
The head of the mainland's semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS, 海協會) stated Friday in Beijing that observation of Taiwan's new government should focus on its actions rather merely on its words.
 
Taiwan could lose nearly NT$3.4 billion every year if Beijing bars mainland students from studying in local schools, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker John Wu (吳志揚) said Wednesday.
 
Over 90 percent of people in Taiwan support the new government's policy of maintaining the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, according to an opinion poll published by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wednesday.
 
Taipei and Beijing, deadlocked over the "1992 Consensus," are testing each other's bottom lines in regard to the political foundation of their bilateral relations, the National Security Bureau (NSB) has said, suggesting that Taipei keep communicating with its rival and try to build a bridge of mutual trust.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday called for Beijing not to "let the June 4 incident become something that is left forever unsaid by both sides of the Strait," ......
 
Exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan (王丹), a prominent student leader of the 1989 democracy movement in Beijing, has expressed pessimism about political reform in China and concerns over the political environment there.....
 
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會) on Thursday called for cross-strait goodwill in maintaining two-way communications across the Taiwan Strait following Taiwan's recent transition of power.
 
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