Chinese visitors to Taiwan fall 50.2%

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(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Chinese tourist arrivals to Taiwan dropped 50.2 percent in the first four months of the year to 610,524, compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released Thursday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

Of the 610,524 arrivals, 267,447 were in tour groups, a decline of 61 percent year-on-year, the MAC said, citing National Immigration Agency data.

Meanwhile, the number of independent Chinese tourists to Taiwan fell 36.3 percent year-on-year to 343,077, the data showed.

The drop in Chinese visitors came amid strained relations between Taiwan and China after the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took power in May last year.

The issue revolves around the DPP administration's refusal to heed Beijing's calls to recognize the "1992 consensus" as the sole foundation for cross-strait exchanges.

The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, which was then under a Kuomintang government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.

In related news, China Airlines Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒), in his capacity as the head of Taipei Airlines Association, led representatives of Taiwan's airline industry on a visit to China Wednesday to explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the industry.

(By Miao Chung-han and Evelyn Kao)

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