Taiwan is set to accept independent Chinese visitors, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo said Monday.So...they are going to let in more businesspeople and tourists. And then there is this from the other day on the rise of Chinese prostitutes in Taiwan....
Speaking at a legislative session, Mao said the Cabinet had determined in principle that Taiwan would open its doors to three categories of Chinese visitors -- tourists, business visitors and visitors to outlying islands -- but that details of the opening were still in the pipeline.
Management would differ for these three categories, Mao said in response to questions raised by two Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers.
Details would be publicized in the near future, he said, but for example, management of general Chinese tourists would be strictest, and would include restrictions on the number allowed to enter Taiwan each day.
But we're going to let in more Chinese as
Recently, in accordance with government policy to allow Chinese to visit Taiwan for leisure and business, more people are arriving as tourists or businesspeople, but just staying and working illegally, the official said.
In March, more than 100 Chinese nationals were caught working as prostitutes in the landmark Tower 85 in Kaohsiung.
Further investigation found that all of the women came into the country as businesspeople.
“It costs only about 30,000 Chinese yuan [US$4,500] to get forged job certificates and forged invitations,” a Kaohsiung police officer said. “So a lot of [Chinese] who don’t even know how to read and write could become chief executives of some department store or real estate groups in China and come to Taiwan for ‘business.’”
NIA officials said that more Chinese choose to come into Taiwan as businesspeople or tourists because it’s much harder to check their identity than through a fake marriage.
Police officers said that, although the government has relaxed entry regulations for Chinese nationals, “they don’t care if there is sufficient manpower to deal with the change.”
ADDED: A reader reminds that in Taiwan new laws are being proposed to allow one-woman brothels. Sort of like the Hong Kong SAR.
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