TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan government Thursday rejected China's suggestion that the two foes relax their entry and exit procedures to allow more visits by each other's residents.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Henry Wang said China's proposal, made by Communist Party Politburo member Deng Yingchao, was another "Communist trick, repeating the same old tune."
Taiwan, seat of the Nationalist Chinese government that fled the mainland in 1949 when the Communists took over, has repeatedly rejected all Peking overtures for a rapprochement.
In the proposal reported Wednesday, Deng, widow of former Chinese Premier Chou En-lai, said China intends to simplify procedures for allowing Taiwanese to visit the mainland. She expressed hope that Taiwan would relax its regulations in response. Thousands of Taiwanese are known to slip into mainland China every year to visit relatives despite the Taiwan government's objections.