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More Chinese spouses to be allowed to apply for residence

More Chinese spouses to be allowed to apply for residence

The Ministry of Interior announced yesterday it was planning to abolish the maximum annual limit of 6,000 Chinese spouses allowed to apply for residence in Taiwan.
At a meeting of the Mainland Affairs Council, ministry officials also said the spouses would no longer have to wait at least 13 years before bringing children younger than 12 years from a previous marriage over to Taiwan. Under current rules, the spouses first have to wait eight years before they can apply for Taiwan citizenship, and then another five years until they can bring the children. Under the MOI plan, the latter five-year period will be abolished, but a maximum quota of 60 children per year will be installed to prevent too many newcomers becoming reliant on Taiwan's social security system, reports said.
In addition, the ministry will raise the annual quota for Taiwanese citizens bringing over adoptive children from China from 12 children to 36, reports said.
The plans will take effect after the MOI makes an official announcement, though no date was set for that at yesterday's MAC meeting. The relaxation is the latest step in a ream of measures benefiting exchanges with China. The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou, which took office last May 20 on a promise to improve relations with the rival communist regime, also plans to allow senior Taiwanese government officials to visit China and Chinese students to come and study in Taiwan's higher education system.
The two sides signed a first batch of agreements in Beijing last June opening Taiwan up to more tourists from China and launching direct charter flights during weekends.
After four agreements signed in Taipei early November, the weekend flights were expanded to the whole week and their routes were shortened. Taiwan and China also launched direct shipping links and expanded postal connections, while a framework was set up for more efficient communication about food safety issues. A third round of cross-straits talks expected early next year is expected to deal with the fight against crime and with financial cooperation.
Taiwanese banks and insurance groups are reportedly eager to expand their networks in the huge Chinese markets, while firms from China want to invest in Taiwan's real estate market and industrial sectors.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party has sharply criticized the government's liberalization moves, saying they will not help the economy but make Taiwan more reliant on an enemy state pointing more than 1,000 missiles at the island.


Updated : 2021-04-17 01:13 GMT+08:00