Taiwan working to improve environment for Chinese students: MAC

The government is continuing its efforts to improve conditions for Chinese students in Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.

As Taiwan pushes ahead with its policy of welcoming Chinese students, it hopes China will also help to maintain and cherish the fruits of cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges, the MAC said in response to a statement by its counterpart in China, which said Chinese parents and students have not been as enthusiastic about Taiwan as a study destination since the change of government in May.

The MAC said, however, that since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her Democratic Progressive Party took office earlier this year, the government has been reviewing and revising its policy regarding Chinese students in Taiwan.

For example, the government is seeking to revise the National Health Insurance Act to give coverage to Chinese students, in keeping with President Tsai’s statement on Oct. 24 that they should have the same right to national health insurance coverage as students from other countries.

Furthermore, Chinese and Taiwanese students attending the same schools have an opportunity to broaden their global perspective and sharpen their competitiveness, the MAC said.

For Chinese students in Taiwan, it is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of Taiwan’s multicultural society and tell their Taiwanese schoolmates about China, the MAC.

It said such interaction will contribute to more stable, long-term and peaceful development of relations between Taiwan and China.

At a regular press briefing in Beijing earlier in the day, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said that “a change in Taiwan’s political situation” had created an adverse impact on the peaceful development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

In turn, it has affected Taiwan’s education environment and the interest of Chinese parents and students, who are “deeply worried” about the deterioration of cross-strait ties, Ma said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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