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Chinese envious of ROC's expected US visa waiver

TAIPEI--Chinese netizens posted messages on microblogging websites Tuesday to show their envy toward Taiwan's expected inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, according to reports from China.

China's microblogging platforms were inundated with comments posted by users after Chinese official reports announced Taiwan was expected to become the 37th country to obtain visa waiver treatment from the U.S. later in the day.

Many people posting messages complained that being a Chinese passport holder meant having limited rights and access to other countries, the Chinese media said.

A passport serves as a symbol of international recognition, one report cited a netizen as saying.

"Having a passport from the Republic of China (Taiwan) is more useful than one from the People's Republic of China," one netizen was quoted as saying.

"Government leaders can go anywhere but not ordinary people," one comment said.

China has 172 diplomatic alliances, but fewer than 20 countries have granted visa-free privileges to Chinese people.

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