Given the current climate of cross-Straits relations, the Chinese mainla
上海楼凤nd suspended issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan on Thursday. What do
es the move suggest? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:
上海楼凤女神会所DPP should stop splittist activities
Taiwan witnessed rapid growth in tourist arrivals from the mai
nland in the eight years before Tsai Ing-wen became the island leader in 2016.
Individual travel to Taiwan was first permitted for residents of Beijin
上海楼凤女神会所g, Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian province, in 2011 when cross-Straits relations were goo
d thanks partly to Ma Ying-jeou being the Taiwan leader. The arrangement was extended to 47 mainland cities over the fol
上海楼凤lowing three years. As a result, mainland tourist arrivals in Taiwan peaked at more than 4 million in 2015.
But tourist arrivals began dropping after Tsai took office, because she and her Democratic Progressive Party refused to rec
ognize the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, which soured cross-Straits relations.上海楼凤女神会所
Mainland visitors－a large number of whom are individual travelers－account for ab
out a quarter of Taiwan’s total tourist arrivals, so the new curbs could rattle the island’s tourism industry and上海楼凤
hurt the broader economy. If the situation continues to worsen, the system for mai
上海楼凤nland tourists to apply for group travel to the island might also be affected in the foreseeable future.
But ignoring the mainland’s huge contribution to the island’s tou
rism sector prosperity and economic growth, Tsai and the DPP have more brazenly p上海楼凤女神会所
ushed forward their “Taiwan independence” agenda without thinking that, by fur
上海楼凤ther straining cross-Straits relations, they are compromising the well-being of Taiwan compatriots.
Besides, without any evidence to prove their outrageous claim, Tsai
and her fellow DPP leaders accused the mainland of sending spies and interferi上海楼凤女神会所
ng in the local elections last year, which put the safety of mainland individual travelers at risk.
omote traditional Chinese music worldwide. She never for
gets her roots — the treasures that define who she is, and from where she comes.
上海楼凤Early in 2006, Wu was overjoyed when officials of Carnegie Hall (one
of the world’s most prestigious music venues, in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City) as
ked her to help them produce two traditional-Chinese- music -themed concerts within two years. Within a short time, s上海楼凤女神会所
he began laying the groundwork for the concerts. She made special trips to remote rural areas in Shanxi (in North China) and
上海楼凤Shaanxi (in Northwest China) provinces, to watch folk musicians’ performances and to explore the origin of the tradi
tional Chinese folk music, so she could display the music’s unique charm to audiences outside of China.
“It was quite an interesting experience when I played, with my pipa at Carnegie Hall, the tunes of Shaanxi opera (Qinqiang) and of上海楼凤女神会所
shadow play in 2009. I invited the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, from Shaanxi, to perform a shadow play in the hall.
上海楼凤Many of the spectators were fascinated by the unique charm of the traditional Chinese culture,” recalls Wu.
n recognition of her virtuosity and collaborations across di
sciplines, Musical America in 2013 named Wu “Instrumentalist of the Year,” marking t上海楼凤女神会所
he first time the prestigious award was bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument.
In 2017, Sing Me Home, produced by Wu and other members of Silk Road Ensemble, earned them the上海楼凤
Best World Music Album during the presentation of the 59th Grammy Awards, Wu composed.
上海楼凤女神会所Green (Vincent’s Tune), the album’s first melody, based on a tune created by her son. By drawing inspiration from the tun
e, which her then-four-year-old boy often hummed, Wu created the melody. She named the tune “Green”, to praise the b
eauty and exuberant vitality of spring, a season as vigorous and enthusiastic as a four-year-old.
In February 2015, Our World in Song, which featured 12 folk songs (of different countries), was n上海楼凤女神会所
ominated for the 57th Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album. Wu, along with Hawaiian instr
umentalist Daniel Ho and Cuban percussionist Luis Conte, played more than 50 musical instruments for the so
ngs’ accompaniments, creating an attractive, inspiring and exciting global music tour.
in Taizhou, Zhejiang province. They were the grandchildren of those who cultivated the uninhabited Dachen Islands in the 1950s.
In March 2017, Xi joined with primary students in Beijing to
plant trees and encouraged them to foster a219ccccom-3/nvironmental protection from childhood.
In 2018, replying to a letter from a primary school in Shaanxi provi
nce, Xi expressed hope that the students would learn more about the history of the revolution, follow th
e example of heroes and role models, love the Party, the country and the people and carry on fine revolutionary traditions.
hina has raised additional tariffs to a maximum 25 percent on part of the $60 billion worth of US prod
ucts, effective June 1, according to a statement by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.
The rates of additional tariffs on some of the products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 perc
ent, and 10 percent, respectively. The 5 percent additional tariffs applied to some products remained unchanged.
The move came after the US’ latest tax increase on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent.
l kindergarten had used to ask children whether they were involved in gangs went viral on the internet. The local educa
tional bureau said that the research was meant to stop bullies in kindergartens instead of finding gangster members.
A number of regions in China, including Qiannan Buyi and Miao autonomous prefecture in Guizhou, Guangzhou city in Gu
angdong, and the cities of Chizhou and Anqing in Anhui, have decided to reschedule their dragon boat races so as to pr
ovide a quiet environment for gaokaotakers, news portal thepaper.cn reported.
Some places, such as the city of Yueqing in Zhejiang, have banned holding such activities during the gaokao, said the report.
The gaokao, or the national college entrance exam, will take place
on June 7 and 8 this year, coinciding with the Duanwu Festival (aka Dragon Boat F
estival) holiday, when traditionally dragon boat races are held in celebration of the festival.