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In Taiwan, tourist influx points up improving ties with China
In Taiwan, tourist influx points up improving ties with China

The fog hung dense over Sun Moon Lake, obscuring the hilly shoreline that the tourists from mainland China had come to see. Still, the Chinese crowded the main pier as a light drizzle came down, waiting for boats to ferry them around the scenic lake. Zhao Baofeng, 54, a retiree from Hubei province, said she was struck by how well-mannered and polite the Taiwanese people are. As for political freedoms, in Taiwan the two main parties "can say whatever they want to each other," Zhao observed. Since the first Chinese tourists were allowed in 2008, millions have visited this democratic island, which China claims as a renegade province. The numbers are growing: The nearly 3 million...

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