delegation of 37 Chinese mainland university teachers and students visited Taiwan from July 15 to 23.
The visit was on the invitation of Taiwan’s former leader Ma Ying-jeou who conducted exchanges with the mainland and visited his ancestral home in March. The mainland delegation visited the Hsinchu Science Park, the headquarters of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the Taipei Palace Museum and met with young Taiwanese people.
At a welcome banquet on June 15, Ma said the mainland delegation’s visit was the best present for his 73rd birthday and that he hopes young people across the Taiwan Strait will increase exchanges and communications.
Although Taiwan’s ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reportedly dismissed the visit as a tourist trip, many experts spoke highly of the visit, saying it is of great significance when cross-Strait communication is almost cut off and tensions across the Strait keep rising since the DPP has been in power and increasingly challenged the one-China policy together with the US.