MAC urges Beijing not to stop students from studying in Taiwan

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Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) A Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official on Saturday urged Beijing not to restrict its nationals from studying in Taiwan, in the wake of reports that some Chinese students already admitted by Taiwan's universities are being prevented from enrolling by the Chinese authorities

MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said exchanges between students from either side of the Taiwan Strait are helpful to increasing mutual understanding, and he urged both sides to cherish such exchanges.

The government wants to see normal and orderly exchanges between students and welcomes Chinese students to study in Taiwan, he said.

A student in Shanghai who was admitted by Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in May told CNA on Friday that local authorities responsible for Taiwan affairs in Shanghai rejected his application for a permit to go to Taiwan in September to enroll at the university, on the grounds that "NCKU is engaging in pro-Taiwan independence activities."

The student said he later learned that students from Beijing as well as Jiangsu, Fujian and Hubei provinces admitted by NCKU, and others accepted by National Chengchi University, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University also received calls from local officials in charge of Taiwan affairs, who either urged or directly instructed them not to go to Taiwan.

Asked about the matter by Taiwan media, China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) said the local authorities were merely "fulfilling their duty" by advising students about studying in Taiwan, in consideration of the current situation in cross-strait relations.

It remains up to the students and their parents whether they choose to study in Taiwan, Ma said.

Relations between Taiwan and China have been at a virtual standstill since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party came to power in May 2016.

Beijing has frozen official talks between the two sides because Tsai's government refuses to endorse the "1992 consensus," which implies China and Taiwan are part of "one China."

(By Miao Tzung-han, Lawrence Chiu, Chen Chia-lung and Y.F. Low)

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