TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Rumors of the Chinese local government trying to dissuade students from studying in Taiwan has been confirmed by Beijing on Saturday, stating that such reminders from the government are their “normal duty.”
A Chinese student told CNA on Friday that he received a letter of permission from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, southern Taiwan, this year. However, the China Taiwan Affairs Office refused to give him a student visa to Taiwan, citing as a reason that the university stands by “Taiwan independence”. Thus he is unable to start the new semester in September in Taiwan.
Another announcement from Chinese local government was posted by netizen Cksto on Taiwan's popular Bulletin Board System PTT on Friday. This showed obstruction by the Chinese Education Bureau of students who are applying to study in Taiwan. The announcement explained that cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China are now complex and grim. Students who are planning to study in Taiwan should consider carefully. “But of course, the final decision is up to you and your parents,” added the local office.
Chinese students from Beijing and other provinces including Jiangsu, Hubei and Fujian were also having a hard time when applying for Taiwan visas, CNA reported.
Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), the spokesman of Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing, indicated that local officials are just doing their job when reminding students about the political situation, which is normal and appropriate. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said that the government feels regret after hearing the news, and called on Beijing not to disturb educational communication between Taiwanese and Chinese students.