Taiwan debates barring holders of new China passports
Published on Dec 13, 2012 1:42 PM
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan will discuss whether to deny entry to holders of new Chinese passports with maps showing two of the island's most famous spots as part of Chinese territory, a top official said on Thursday.
Wang Yu-chi, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council which is the top China policy-making body, told parliament that relevant government units will review the matter within a week.
Opposition lawmakers have demanded the government bar Chinese visitors who use the new computer-chipped passports bearing a map that covers Sun Moon Lake and Cingshui Cliff, both popular tourist destinations in Taiwan.
Taiwan has protested the controversial new passports, with President Ma Ying-jeou calling on China not to "unilaterally damage the status quo of the hard-fought stability" between the two sides.
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