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The Kuomintang (KMT) on Tuesday proposed the establishment of a special committee to supervise agreements to be signed with mainland China, a move seen as preempting the majority Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) attempt to pass its own law on the matter.
Former Vice President Vincent Siew is expected to express Taiwan's stance during the Boao Forum for Asia that kicks off Tuesday in China that economic and trade relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should not be affected by political change, an executive of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation said Monday.
Recent intelligence indicates that Beijing has adopted "nine tactics" for Taiwan, which include minimizing criticism of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) while maintaining a hard line against independence, the United Evening News reported Sunday.
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President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday that he hopes mainland Chinese students studying in Taiwan can be included in the country's national health insurance program as soon as possible.
Ma said Sunday that he told mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping when they met last year that the "one China, different interpretations" principle will not evolve into "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan," or "Taiwan's independence."
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The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Tuesday rejected reports that its chief Hsia Li-yan will be retained in his position by the new Democratic Progressive Party administration, which will take office in May.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), when asked to comment on rumors that China is planning to reduce its daily number of tourists to Taiwan, said Saturday that he hopes China will not "use business to push politics."
Mainland China is carrying out a landfill project to increase the size of Qilianyu in the Paracel (Xisha) Islands and then build a bridge linking it to China-occupied Woody (Yongxing) Island, Hong Kong media reported.
Chinese tourists increase from Jan. 1 to March 8
The government denied previous reports on Thursday that mainland China was reducing tourist allocations to Taiwan, adding that the number of mainland visitors actually increased from the beginning of the year to March 8.
President Ma Ying-jeou expressed hope Wednesday that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can maintain the status quo when looking at the future of cross-strait relations.
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