Matsu restriction remains
Chinese visitors will continue to be prohibited from visiting a former military site on Matsu despite the island soon being opened to solo Chinese tourists. The Mt Yuntai Military Intelligence Building, located on the highest mountain of Matsu’s Nangan Island (南竿島), was built in 1996 to monitor the deployment of China’s military. It was later renovated and opened to tourists in November last year. However, to enter the structure visitors have to show identification to prove they are not from China, the Matsu National Scenic Area Administration said yesterday. Matsu, which served as the nation’s former military base against China, has a rich battlefield heritage that attracts tourists from across the Taiwan Strait.
Thais offered trip home
Thai workers living in the country illegally or who have overstayed their visas are being offered a chance to return home by a Taiwanese businessman as part of a humanitarian gesture to celebrate Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday. A National Immigration Agency official said yesterday that so far, 30 Thais have made contact with Thai-Taiwan Business Association president Norman Chang since the businessman announced his proposal two days earlier, and that he expects more to take up the offer as the monarch’s Dec. 5 birthday approaches. Chang said he would pay for overstay fines, flight tickets and other transport fees to allow the illegal workers to go back to Thailand. Chang held a meeting with Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), director-general of the agency, who promised that the agency would assist Chang, in accordance with the regulations.
Cop killer to be executed
The Supreme Court yesterday in a final ruling sentenced a man to death for killing two police officers. The ruling said that on Aug. 10, 1990, Wang Hsin-fu (王信福) and his friends Chen Jung-chieh (陳榮傑) and Lee Kuang-lin (李光臨) were eating at a restaurant in Chiayi City when Wang reportedly became angry at that the restaurant owner, surnamed Hung (洪), after he only attended to another two guests — the officers. Wang then instructed Chen to shoot the officers with a pistol. Chen, who was promptly arrested, was sentenced to death and executed in 1992. Wang fled to China for 16 years and was arrested in 1996 when he attempted to re-enter the country on a fake passport. The Supreme Court said Wang showed no remorse and said in court that “killing police officers was nothing.”
Fujian visits to islands near
Residents of China’s Fujian Province will be allowed to travel to Taiwan’s outlying islands near the southeastern Chinese province before the end of this month. Tourism Bureau officials aid the date would be discussed and announced by the two sides at the same time. The move will help boost visitors to Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu, the bureau said, adding that he hopes the program can be extended to travelers from other Chinese provinces and cities who travel to the islands via Fujian. Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Kao Charng (高長) said the two sides have reached a mutual understanding on most of the program and Taiwan is willing to move up the date. More than 100 tourists from China have shown interest in traveling to Matsu, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsao Erh-chung (曹爾忠) said, adding that he hopes the program could begin today.
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