Anything Behind China Issuing Electronic Taiwan Compatriot Travel Documents?

Anything Behind China Issuing Electronic Taiwan Compatriot Travel Documents?
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Starting from September 21, China will issue electronic Taiwan compatriot travel documents and the original paper passes will be discontinued. Premier Mao Chi-kuo says he did not know of the changes until he read the newspaper. Mao says China has already hurt the feelings of the Taiwanese by doing so.

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Starting from September 21, China will issue electronic Taiwan compatriot travel documents and the original paper passes will be discontinued. Premier Mao Chi-kuo says he did not know of the changes until he read the newspaper. Mao says China has already hurt the feelings of the Taiwanese by doing so.

On September 15, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security announced the implementing of electronic Taiwan compatriot travel documents starting from September 21. Taiwanese people can apply for the documents at public security departments above the county level and the passes are effective for five years.

ETtoday reports, Legislator He Xin-chun says she expected the premier to respond to the announcement with countermeasures, but Mao has made no move. The premier says he is very dissatisfied with how China proceeded with the entire situation. The legislator also says that Ma’s government not responding to China enforcing electronic travel documents highlights the incompetence of its administrative units.

NOWnews reports, Vice Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council Lin Zu-jia says they have told the Chinese many times that they need to consult with Taiwan representatives before announcing major policies regarding both sides. Lin also says the council has asked the Chinese in detail what the differences are between the new and old travel passes and authorities say they cover the same things.

CNA reports, some people are worried their whereabouts will be in the grasp of the Chinese because smart chips will be embedded into the travel passes. ,

Director of the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University Ding Shuh-fan says once people use the electronic passes, the Chinese public security departments can monitor their actions 24 hours a day.

Apple Daily reports, the procedure for applying for electronic travel passes will be the same as applying for the paper ones. Applicants need to provide a photocopy of their identity card and passport and a 2-inch photograph taken within the last six months. The passes will take five working days and cost NT$1, 300 (approximately US$ 40)

Translated by Olivia Yang

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