Monday, October 22, 2012

The US includes Taiwan in the visa-waiver program

l  It is now official: the United States will include Taiwan in its visa-waiver program in November 2012. Taiwan is the 37th country or region in the world to be extended such courtesy, and Republic of China (ROC) passport holders can now travel to 129 countries and areas around the world without applying for a visa first.

l  While many factors were responsible, the de-escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait and the island’s democratic and economic accomplishments were considered most important.

l  Amidst global economic uncertainty and economic malaise at home, Washington’s decision to include Taiwan in the visa-waiver program provided a timely shot in the arm to the Ma administration. More importantly it has broadened Taiwan’s international space beyond the traditional definition of the term.....

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