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Expansion of mini-three links 'a bit too fast', DPP's Tsai says

Expansion of mini-three links 'a bit too fast', DPP's Tsai says

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said that the planned expansion of of the "mini-three links" between Taiwan and China within two weeks "seems a bit too fast."
Tsai's remarks made Saturday came after Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) announced a day earlier that the scope of the mini-links will be expanded within two weeks to benefit more travelers from Taiwan.
The term refers to direct shipping and trade links maintained between Taiwan's Kinmen, Matsu and China's Fujian Province ports of Xiamen, Mawei and Quanzhou.
At present, only residents with household registrations on Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu, China-based Taiwanese businessmen and groups involved in cultural, sports, religious and economic exchanges are allowed to use the links to travel to China.
Describing the expansion of the links as a security issue, Tsai said the government needs to check whether Kinmen's port, airport and accommodation facilities are capable of handling a huge influx of travelers.
She said the government should explain why it decided to remove the opening of direct cargo charter flights from the agenda for the upcoming resumption of cross-strait talks. It should also explain whether the removal of the issue from the agenda will sacrifice Taiwan's economic interests, Tsai said.
She was asked by reporters to respond to remarks made June 6 by Chen Ming-tung, a former chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, the nation's top China policy coordinator.
Chen said he was "very surprised" to hear that the new Cabinet will exclude the issue from the agenda. He said that the opening of cargo charter flights will benefit Taiwan's economy more than the opening of weekend passenger charter flights and the opening of Taiwan to Chinese tourists.


Updated : 2021-09-21 17:12 GMT+08:00