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Mainland Boat Set to Make First Official Trip to Taiwan in 50 Yrs
   日期: 2003-10-28 16:13         编辑: system         来源:

  The first officially-sanctioned trip by a China's mainland boat to Taiwan territory in half a century is set to go ahead on Tuesday, officials said.
The "Gulangyu" ferry will leave Xiamen in the southeastern province of Fujian around 9:00 am (0100 GMT), taking about 100 passengers to the small Taiwanese island of Kinmen, just a few kilometers (miles) off the mainland.

"The boat will carry more than 90 senior citizens visiting relatives on Kinmen," said a member of staff with Xiamen's semi-official Kinmen Compatriot Federation, who gave his surname as Dai.

"There will also be some medical personnel, and a number of Chinese journalists," he said.

Although it will last only four days and three nights, and the tour group is not scheduled to meet any Taiwan officials, the trip will have potentially historic significance for relations between Chinese mainland and Taiwan..

The 90 people who are about to set out on the short trip are witnesses to the human cost of this division, as many of them were born on Kinmen and have been barred from visiting for more than 50 years.

The "Gulangyu" will be the first mainland vessel to participate in newly-established direct trade, transport and postal links - called the "mini-links" because they connect only Taiwan's outlying Kinmen and Matsu Islands with selected ports in Fujian.

Taiwan sent the first two boats to make an official trip to the mainland in nearly 52 years on January 2, in a move hailed by Taiwan as a breakthrough in relations with China's mainland.

On Friday, 10 Taiwanese businessmen sailed directly to the mainland from Kinmen, after obtaining special permission from authorities on both sides to make a two-hour voyage.

Many expect the three "mini-links" to develop into broader relations as early as the end of the year.

China has expressed hopes that full-blown links between Taiwan and China's mainland to be opened at an early date.

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