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Chinese tourists to Taiwan plunge 60% in September

Beijing's move to ban travel to island fans resentment among residents

Taiwan's tourist spots, such as the scenic streets of Jiufen, have been hit by a sharp decrease of Chinese travelers. (Photo by Kensaku Ihara)

TAIPEI -- Beijing's move to punish Taiwan's autonomous ambitions by restricting travel to the island has resulted in a plunge in tourists from the mainland, but China’s strong-arm tactic could end up backfiring as public resentment grows.

Mainland Chinese visitors to Taiwan numbered 62,462 last month, according to Taiwan's National Immigration Agency, a 57% drop from a year earlier. China imposed a ban on individual travel permits in August.

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