7 months Beijing disallows travel to Taiwan Manilatimes |World
BEIJING: China stepped up pressure on Taiwan on Wednesday as it announced the suspension of individual travel permits to the self-ruled democratic island “due to current cross-strait relations.” A program had allowed Chinese citizens in 47 mainland cities to apply for permits to visit Taiwan on their own instead of visiting on group tours. But the tourism ministry said in a brief statement that their issuance would be suspended from Thursday “due to current cross-strait relations’’ — a move that could hurt the island’s economy.
Relations between Communist-ruled Beijing and Taipei have plummeted since Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen ... more