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Mainland China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO, 國台辦) stated Tuesday that policy toward the island would remain "unchanged" following national elections leading to a resounding Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) victory on Jan. 16.
 
The government urged mainland China on Friday not to harm cross-strait relations as reports circulate there may be one-third to one-half reductions in the number of mainland Chinese tourists visiting the island following the election of Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Jan. 16 as president. Local tour operators, including tour bus companies stated that reductions in tourist quotas could begin as early as the end of March and last until the end of May.
 
PRC military drill footage fake: MND
The Ministry of National Defense (MND, 國防部) deemed footage of Chinese live-fire drill by the military off China's south-eastern coast as false on Thursday, revealing it as clips taken from a 2015 video.
 
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.
 
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