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Taiwan gets US visa-waiver nomination

‘CHRISTMAS PRESENT’:The nomination will be followed by an extensive and detailed evaluation of homeland security and immigration systems by US government officials

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

“It’s a great Christmas gift,” he said.

In response, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) praised the decision and said it is glad to see a closer relationship with the US.

“It takes some time before a candidate country is granted visa-free privileges and the DPP would like to work with the US to achieve that goal, as well as strengthening bilateral relations as the US’ strategic partner in the Asia-Pacific region if it wins the presidential election next month,” DPP spokesperson Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said.

The decision has been a collective effort by all Taiwanese through the years with lowered rates of overstays and visa refusals, he said.

Additional reporting by Chris Wang

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