Amid discrimination concerns, China has revoked a controversial visa restriction placed on bald Taiwanese visitors.  The Chinese city of Xiamen imposed a rule barring bald people from receiving one-year multiple-entry permits.  However, according to Taiwan’s Travel Agent Association, this rule was repealed earlier this year.

Roger Hsu, a spokesman for the association said “it would probably have raised the question of discrimination if Chinese customs officials were to ask visitors to remove their wigs”.  Hsu said that the rule applied primarily to frequent business travelers, though he did not know how many people had been rejected for visas under this policy.  Unnamed travel agents reportedly justified the former policy by explaining that Chinese authorities were concerned that “it was easier for bald people to disguise themselves”.
The election of Ma Ying-jeou noticeably improved relations between Taiwan and China when he was elected president of Taiwan in 2008.  Ying-jeou promised to do what he could to boost trade and tourism for the island.  The Chinese city of Beijing considers the self-ruled Taiwan to be part of its territory, awaiting reunification.

Amid discrimination concerns, China has revoked a controversial visa restriction placed on bald Taiwanese visitors.  The Chinese city of Xiamen imposed a rule barring bald people from receiving one-year multiple-entry permits.  However, according to Taiwan’s Travel Agent Association, this rule was repealed earlier this year.Roger Hsu, a spokesman for the association said “it would probably have raised the question of discrimination if Chinese customs officials were to ask visitors to remove their wigs”.  Hsu said that the rule applied primarily to frequent business travelers, though he did not know how many people had been rejected for visas under this policy.  Unnamed travel agents reportedly justified the former policy by explaining that Chinese authorities were concerned that “it was easier for bald people to disguise themselves”.The election of Ma Ying-jeou noticeably improved relations between Taiwan and China when he was elected president of Taiwan in 2008.  Ying-jeou promised to do what he could to boost trade and tourism for the island.  The Chinese city of Beijing considers the self-ruled Taiwan to be part of its territory, awaiting reunification.

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