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Mainland's Taiwan office deputy head under investigation
A deputy head of the Chinese Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office has been placed under investigation for apparent corruption amid renewed scrutiny of Beijing's policies toward the island following its election of a new independence-leaning president.
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Taiwanese pop singer and entertainer Show Lo sparked controversy online after he declared openly in China that "we are all Chinese." Lo's publicist responded yesterday that Lo is "both Taiwanese and Chinese."
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Rumors that China will allow only 3,750 group tourists to visit Taiwan per day instead of the 5,000 per day allowed are false, Taiwan's Tourism Bureau said Monday.
 
Taiwan will suspend its negotiations on a trade-in-goods agreement with China, Economics Minister John Deng said Monday after the Cabinet's resignation en masse.
 
The intermediary agencies between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait held a new round of talks on setting up respective offices on each side last week, and reached an initial agreement, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
 
A negotiator representing Taiwan stated on Wednesday that mainland Chinese travelers could be allowed to use Taiwan as a transit point before the Jan. 16 elections.
 
Presidential front-runner Tsai Ing-wen urged authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing Wednesday to explain the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers feared detained by the mainland Chinese authorities.
 
A preparatory meeting between Taiwan and China was convened Wednesday in Beijing for the 13th round of negotiations on a cross-strait trade in goods pact. Officials expected negotiations to take place after Taiwan's national election on Jan. 16, but the opposition party argued that they should be delayed until after new lawmakers take office.
 
China will allow its travelers to make transit stops in Taiwan, according to an official agency charged with conducting affairs with the island. The news was met positively in Taiwan, with the government crediting it as a result of a historical meeting between leaders from both sides of the strait late last year.
 
The government attaches great importance to personal security and freedom and hopes the mainland China authorities will make good on their promises to Hong Kong, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Hsia Li-yan said Tuesday.
 
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