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Taiwanese trips to mainland made easier
By Jiang Wei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-25 05:41

Beijing simplified the exit and entry rules for Taiwan residents over the weekend and urged the Taiwan authorities to adopt more tangible measures to facilitate its fruit exports to the mainland.

Tourists from Taiwan listens to the introduction to the traditional Tibetan medicine at the Tibetan Medicine Museum in Lhasa, Tibetan on July 4, 2005. [newsphoto]
As of today, Taiwan residents can be granted multiple entry and exit permits, valid for one to five years, thereby foregoing the need to obtain separate residence permits, China Central Television cited the Public Security Ministry as saying.

Between 1987 and December last year, the mainland received nearly 34 million visitors from Taiwan.

Li Shuilin, chairman with the Cross-Straits Association for Economic and Trade Exchanges, said at the weekend: "We hope that for the sake of the fruit farmers in Taiwan, the Taiwan agencies in charge will not put artificial obstacles into place [in its fruit trade with the mainland]."

In May, Beijing announced that it would improve access for fruit from Taiwan, from 12 to 18 categories, and agreed to lift the tariffs on at least 15 of them.

"As a favourable unilateral policy launched by the mainland, the tariff-free treatment should not meet additional obstacles in implementation," Li said.
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