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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided Wednesday to raise its travel alert for Tianjin in northern China to level 2 "Alert," warning travelers planning to visit the coastal metropolis to take enhanced precautions against avian flu.
 
Mainland China warned the United States on Tuesday to stick by its promises not to support any separatist activities, ahead of a U.S. visit by the R.O.C.'s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, and a possible meeting between the Dalai Lama and U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
Taipei expressed some receptiveness on Tuesday toward unofficial exchanges to improve cross-strait relations as it confirmed a communications impasse with Beijing since assuming power on May 20.
 
China has stepped up efforts to promote cross-strait unification since the May 20 inauguration of the new government under Tsai Ing-wen, the head of Taiwan's Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission said Monday.
 
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.
 
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