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Businessman urges cross-strait easing

Staff writer, with CNA, SHANGHAI

A Taiwanese business leader in Shanghai urged the Taiwanese government on Monday to revise regulations governing cross-strait ties and ease restrictions on interactions between Taiwanese and Chinese.

In an interview, the president of the Taiwan Merchant Association in Shanghai, Yeh Teh-hui (葉德輝), described the Act Governing Relations Between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), enacted by Taipei in 1992, as outdated.

He said many of the act’s restrictions have become obsolete in light of the great improvement in bilateral ties since it was passed, and suggested that constraints on cross-strait interaction be eased based on the progress in relations between Taipei and Beijing.

For example, the act prohibits Taiwanese from serving in a Chinese government post or as a “member of a government agency,” but Yeh said the term “member of a government agency” is vague and should be more clearly defined.

He also urged Taiwanese authorities to give favorable consideration to diplomas issued by Chinese schools and help Taiwanese students studying in China to get health insurance.

In addition, Yeh suggested the Taiwanese government publicly list industrial and commercial sectors in China in which Taiwanese companies are allowed to invest.

He also urged the Taiwanese government to treat the Chinese spouses of Taiwanese nationals in the same manner as it did Taiwanese citizens.

That view was shared by Shanghai Institute of Taiwan Studies deputy director Ni Yongjie (倪永傑), who called for the elimination of discriminatory provisions against Chinese in the statute, especially restrictions on their right to inherit property in Taiwan.

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