Recently the NHK News reported the following:
Last year for the whole year, the number of tourists from mainland China to visit Taiwan exceeded 1.6 million, more than the number of tourists from Japan that had been the number one in the past 43 years, and this became a reflection of the improvement in relationship between China and Taiwan.
According to the Sightseeing Bureau in Taiwan, the number of tourists who visited Taiwan from mainland China kept increasing after the ban on package-tour was lifted two and a half years ago; and last year it increased by about 70% when compared with the year before last, with a total exceeding 1.63 million people. In the past 43 years, the greatest number of tourists was from Japan, although due to the influence of yen appreciation etc, the number had increased by about 8% up to 1.08 million people, the number of tourists from mainland China exceeded it for the first time. In Taiwan three years ago after Ma Yingjiu's political National Party came to power, relations between China and Taiwan had shown improvement, and it was reflected in the rapid increase in tourists from mainland China to Taiwan. This year, Taiwanese authorities were considering the opening up of independent-tour for the well-to-do people in mainland China, and it was expected that exchanges between the two parties would become more active in the future.
More tourists from mainland China will mean more business for Taiwan. Should the KMT fail in the election next year, I hope exchanges between people in China and Taiwan could continue without interruption.