China, Taiwan to open reciprocal tourism offices

China is scheduled to open a reciprocal tourism office in Taiwan on Friday, Taiwan officials said.

China, Taiwan to open reciprocal tourism offices

Taiwan set up its first government office in China on Tuesday, a strong sign of improved relations following decades of hostilities that saw little official contact while the two sides stood at the brink of war.

The opening of a Taiwan tourism office in Beijing follows two years of trade and transit talks that have eased suspicions while increasing the urgency of communication on travel-related issues.

"I think this move is symbolic of the interactivity between the two sides," said Yeh Kuang-shih, a spokesman for Taiwan's transportation ministry which oversees tourism. "The office has an official role, so it should facilitate two-way communication."

China is scheduled to open a reciprocal tourism office in Taiwan on Friday, Taiwan officials said.

Taiwan and China, which claims sovereignty over the self-ruled island, had forbidden official contact amid occasional threats of conflict since the civil war of the 1940s. But China-friendly Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has sought to improve relations with Beijing since he took office in 2008.

A plan for mutual tourism offices emerged as the two sides produced a deal to allow as many as 3,000 Chinese tourists per day on the once off-limits island.


Reuters

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