Great news, especially if this is the start of a trend rather than an aberration. Su responded to legislative questioning today with a positive take on the CPC/KMT forum. He pointed out that the forum was strictly a “civil” event, and none of the policies named/negotiated has any legal bearing. But he also said that as long as these policies are in the interest of the 23 million Taiwanese, his staff will push forward in trying to implement them.
He referred to the tourism issue specifically, and clarified that he felt (personal opinion, not policy as of yet) the new liberalized policies would include:
- Taiwan would eliminate the “tour group must have 15 member” rule.
- Taiwan would eliminate the nightly curfew on mainland Chinese tourists.
- the only restriction on mainland Chinese tourists, would be to insure that the Taiwanese tourism industry could accomodate them properly, and leave behind a positive impression of Taiwan.
I’m for all three of the above. If this liberalization goes ahead as planned, I for one would be interested in applying for a visa next time I have a few weeks to spare.
More importantly, perhaps this reflects the moderate wing of the DPP finally coming to the forefront and asserting itself. I’m pretty sure Chen Shui-bian has run out of premiers he can throw out there.