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Taiwan cargo ships banned to enter Chinese ports

Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Hsing-yuan did not make any comment today on the news of Taiwan ships being banned to enter Chinese ports, mer...

Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Hsing-yuan did not make any comment today on the news of Taiwan ships being banned to enter Chinese ports, mer...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Twenty flag-of-convenience ships owned by a Taiwan company are banned to enter Chinese ports beginning next January 1, according to Chinese-language newspaper Liberty Times.

A sandstone imported surnamed Cheng said that as Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) launched the Da Bang Ship, a flag-of-convenience ship carrying sandstone, at Taichung harbor on Dec. 15, marking the commencement of cross-strait shipping links, Da Bang Ship was denied entry of Huangpu port in southern China on its second voyage even though it has “direct shipping permit” issued by Taichung Harbor Bureau. With several failed attempts for negotiation, the ship could only stop at Hong Kong followed by its return to Taichung.

Da Bang Ship has received a “urgent notice” from China, demanding that the ship owners apply to China for “cross-strait waterway transportation permit” and “cross-strait ship operation license” and can only enter Chinese ports with the above two licenses starting next year, said the Taiwan Sandstone Import Association.

The Association said that they had asked many departments for help, including the Office of the President, the Mainland Affairs Council, and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), but in vain. The Association decides to hold a press conference today and gather twenty ships at the Taipei harbor this week for protest.

Cheng said that Taiwan imported over 30 million tons of sandstone from China every year, 75% by Taiwanese owners and 25% by Chinese owners. However, after the signing of cross-strait agreements, China had unilaterally announced that only ten Chinese cargo ships could do business and twenty ships on Taiwan’s side are banned from entry into China.

Cheng protested that China asked Taiwan owners to apply for two licenses but rejected the issuance during their application.

Cheng also slammed the government and related cross-strait departments for not helping the nationals to resolve the problem.

MAC Chairwoman Lai Hsing-yuan (賴幸媛) did not make any comment on the news today, merely saying that it was a biased report.

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu said today that as far as he knows, only a few ships obtained licenses required by China, posing a trouble for Taiwanese owners. The matter should be discussed by the SEF with China on the possibility to relax the restriction.

According to the SEF, President Chiang Pin-kun (江丙坤) would begin talks with China on the matter as soon as documents were submitted by the Mainland Affairs Council.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-09-21 11:32 GMT+08:00