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Daily Matsu-Mawei ferry service to commence soon

CNA , TAIPEI

Direct shipping services will be established on a daily basis between Taiwan's Matsu and Mawei in China's Fujian Province starting next month, said Lienchiang County Commissioner Chen Hsueh-sheng (陳雪生) yesterday.

Matsu, which is administered by the Lienchiang County government, is one of the nation's two outlying islands connected by the "small three links" with China.

Ferries between Matsu and Mawei in China currently run every day of the week except Saturdays.

Chen said he paid a visit to the Fuzhou mayor on Sunday, and exchanged views on establishing ferry services between Matsu and Mawei on Saturdays.

An influx of Chinese tourists is expected on Matsu with the Cabinet's decision to allow more Chinese to travel to Taiwan.

The number of passengers between the two destinations using the "small three links" has grown more than 20-fold since the service was launched on Jan. 1, 2001, according to Ministry of Transportation and Communications statistics.

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