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China Imposes Taiwan Travel Ban in Warning Shot to President

  • Beijing to only allow travel to Taiwan as part of tour group
  • Taiwan tourism industry group says ban came as a shock
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Bloomberg’s Tom Orlik reports on China imposing a travel ban for Taiwan.(Source: Bloomberg)
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In its latest effort to increase pressure on Taiwan, Beijing said it will suspend a program that allowed individual tourists from 47 Chinese cities to travel to Taiwan, citing the current state of relations between the two sides.

The ban is effective from Aug. 1, according to a statement Wednesday from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and means that Chinese nationals can only travel to Taiwan as tourists if they’re part of tour groups. The scheme had been in place since 2011 under the more China-friendly administration of former President Ma Ying-jeou.