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China Opening the Door to Taiwan Visitors by Removing Entry Permit Requirements

Taiwanese people will just need to show a special card

Mainland China will soon remove entry permit requirements for all Taiwan residents, instead allowing them to enter with a single ID card known as the taibaozheng.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, promised there would be better conditions to allow for further cross-strait exchanges, and that “we’ll continue to expand people-to-people exchanges across the Strait and engage more Taiwan compatriots in the trend of cross-strait interaction.”

A Taiwanese resident poses with a "taibaozheng" in 2006.

A Taiwanese resident poses with a “taibaozheng” in 2006.

At the present time, Taiwan residents must apply for an entry permit to enter mainland China. The taibaozheng, the passport-like document containing entry permits for Taiwan residents, will soon be made into a single card.

In 2014, Taiwan residents visited the mainland 5.37 million times, up from 4.36 million in 2008. By comparison, mainlanders visited Taiwan 4.04 million times in 2014, an increase from 280,000 in 2008.

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Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor