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Visa denials due to cooling China ties: academics

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  • Dec 07 2017 17:15About: 8 days ago
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Multiple denials of entry into China or Hong Kong over the past three years, including that of General Association of Chinese Culture deputy secretary-general Chang Tieh-chih (張鐵志) on Wednesday, indicate that China is reluctant to encourage Taiwanese hopes that unofficial channels are still “going strong,” academics said at a seminar at National Chengchi University (NCCU) yesterday.

Chang, who was on his way to attend the annual Four Cities Forum in Hong Kong, was denied entry to the territory after being told that his Hong Kong identity card had expired.

Chang obtained the card in 2013 when serving as editor-in-chief for City Magazine, a Hong Kong publication.

His request to apply for an e-visa was also denied on the spot, without a statement of reason.

The past year has seen attempts to keep interactions between private entities representing the Republic of China’s (ROC) and the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) interests to a minimum, NCCU political science professor Kou Chien-wen (寇健文) told reporters yesterday.

Kou said that academics belonging to government-backed think tanks have been barred from traveling to China in an official capacity and likewise, Chinese academics with prior plans to attend official seminars in Taiwan have canceled their plans to comply with Chinese policy.

The end goal is to minimize, or entirely quash, interpretations by the Taiwanese media or government that such meetings are a subtle continuation of quasi-official interactions, Kou said.

Comparing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 18th National Congress with the 19th last month, Kou said that while the 18th congress mentioned “mutual trust in military matters” and “political negotiations” — both of which indicated a willingness to elevate talks to governmental levels — such issues were decidedly lacking in the 19th congress.

Beijing has evidently concluded that government-to-government talks are not an option, Kou said.

Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢), an associate professor at NCCU’s Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, said Chang had entered and left Hong Kong many times in the past without difficulty.

Wang said that Kuo Cheng-liang (郭正亮) has also been barred from entry into Hong Kong. This was after he was nominated as a Democratic Progressive Party legislator-at-large on Aug. 9 last year.

Over the past year, Wang said he observed that academics involved with government-linked think tanks were only allowed to travel to China in their personal capacities.

Realization of China’s political agenda will be prioritized over any form of meaningful interaction with Taiwan, Wang said.



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Multiple denials entry into China Hong Kong over past three years including that General Association Chinese Culture deputy secretary-general Chang Tieh-chih (張鐵志) Wednesday indicate reluctant encourage Taiwanese hopes unofficial channels still “going strong” academics said seminar National Chengchi University (NCCU) yesterday. Chang attend annual Four Cities Forum Kong denied territory after being told identity card expired. Chang obtained 2013 when serving editor-in-chief City Magazine publication. His request apply e-visa also spot without statement reason. The year seen attempts keep interactions between private entities representing Republic China’s (ROC) People’s (PRC) interests minimum NCCU political science professor Chien-wen (寇健文) reporters yesterday. Kou belonging government-backed think tanks have been barred from traveling official capacity likewise with prior plans seminars Taiwan canceled their comply policy. The goal minimize entirely quash interpretations media government such meetings subtle continuation quasi-official interactions said. Comparing Communist Party’s (CCP) 18th Congress 19th last month while congress mentioned “mutual trust military matters” “political negotiations” both which indicated willingness elevate talks governmental levels issues were decidedly lacking congress. Beijing evidently concluded government-to-government option said. Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢) associate NCCU’s Graduate Institute East Asian Studies entered left many times difficulty. Wang Cheng-liang (郭正亮) Kong. This nominated Democratic Progressive Party legislator-at-large Aug. year. Over year Wang observed involved government-linked only allowed travel personal capacities. Realization agenda will prioritized form meaningful interaction Taiwan said.

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