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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.
The likelihood of a meeting between Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) is not great, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會)said Tuesday.
China's proposal to construct a high-speed rail line between Beijing and Taipei as a national project is a unilateral idea that has not been mentioned to Taiwan, Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu said Monday.
The government rebutted Sunday a Chinese official's remark that talks between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait on a planned agreement on trade in goods have been completed.
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