China's top Taiwan policy maker formally applied this week for a visa, but the government has raised the bar for approving his visit, saying China must first discuss ways to stop fake "made in Taiwan" labels from being used on Chinese fruit and tea, an official said yesterday.
Chen Yunlin (
On Monday, the organizer of the forum, the National Policy Foundation, a think tank affiliated with the KMT, submitted application forms for 66 Chinese visitors to the Bureau of Immigration.
Wei said that before Chen could be allowed to visit, China should first discuss "harm" caused to Taiwan farmers by what Wei said were fake Taiwan labels placed on tea and subtropical fruits grown and sold in China.
"If such a high-level official is going to come, we need to talk first," Wei said. "They need to show respect."
The MAC yesterday referred to a press release that it issued on Monday, saying that it had commissioned the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to cope with matters related to Chen's visit.
The council called on China to negotiate with Taiwan on a government-to-government basis, rather than sending officials unofficially to an obscure forum if China really cared about the interests of Taiwan's farmers.
The SEF's press coordinator Liang Yu-chen (
Meanwhile, the Taiwan Solidarity Union said yesterday that a senior Chinese official should not be allowed to come to Taiwan.
TSU Legislator Ho Min-hao (