Chinese students gain approval to study in Taiwan

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CNA file photo

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Shanghai, Aug. 30 (CNA) Chinese students who were restricted from studying in Taiwan are now making their way to the country after their permits were approved.

A Chinese national who was accepted to Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) told CNA on Wednesday that students whose permits to study in Taiwan had been withheld have now received approval from Chinese authorities to attend Taiwan universities.

In a turnaround, the proper documentation was issued on Aug. 25 to the student to attend NCKU this fall.

The student, who asked not to be named, said the permit had earlier been denied by Shanghai authorities in charge of Taiwan affairs, on grounds that NCKU was "engaging in pro-Taiwan independence activities."

Students from other Chinese provinces who had been instructed or urged by officials there not to go to Taiwan have since obtained permission to attend Taiwanese schools, including National Chengchi University, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University, the Chinese student told CNA.

However, the students were instructed by the Chinese authorities to focus on their studies and not participate in any political activities, the Chinese student said.

Professor Bao Chengke (包承柯) of East China Normal University said the presence of Chinese students in Taiwan was a show of good faith by Taiwan and China.

The exchange of students between China and Taiwan will be an important force in maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations, he said.

In response to the news, Bi Tzu-an (畢祖安), head of Education Ministry's Department of International and Cross-strait Education Affairs , said in an interview that this was good news and welcomed the incoming Chinese students.

(By Chen Chia-lun, Hsu Chih-wei, and Kuan-lin Liu)

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