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China blocks visits by its IT specialists


China has rejected applications by some of its IT professionals to participate in the Taipei Computex trade show, in another sign of simmering tensions across the Taiwan Strait, officials said yesterday.

Chinese professionals, invited by the trade show's organizers and exhibitors, had failed to obtain permits from Beijing to visit Taiwan, said an official with the Taipei Computer Association (台北市電腦公會).

"The association earlier invited some 40 top executives of major China IT firms to visit the Computex show but their applications for such a visit were rejected by China," the official told financial wire service AFX-Asia.

At the opening ceremony of the five-day trade show, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said: "We have to pay more attention to it as it might have an impact on the economic and trade activities between Taiwan and China in the future."

Ma, also vice chairman of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), did not elaborate further.

On Monday China's People's Daily criticized Taiwan's Chi Mei Group (奇美集團) leader Hsu Wen-lung (許文龍) for his "pro-independence" views. Hsu is a senior adviser to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who is seen by Beijing as a dangerous advocate of independence for the nation.

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