Commentary: Taiwan: Open The Trading Door To China, Now

For the 44,000 residents of the parched island of Kinmen, also known as Quemoy, brown tap water dirtied by silt is an unhappy fact of life. The tiny Taiwanese-controlled outpost, just 2.3 kilometers from the Chinese coast, is famous as the target of shelling for decades after the Communist takeover of the mainland in 1949. Without access to the lakes and rivers of China's Fujian province, Kinmen's citizens rely on tankers to ship in water from Taiwan, over 200 kilometers away.

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