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WORLD BRIEFING / TAIWAN

Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan on the first luxury cruise ship to sail directly to the island from Communist China, boosting prospects for expanded economic and tourism ties.

The Ocean Mystery arrived at Keelung port following a two-day cruise from Shanghai. The 1,600 passengers are the first of several large-scale tour groups Chinese officials have promised to send to Taiwan by ship or air.


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