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Mainland Chinese tourists returning to Taiwan

Beijing may have eased restrictions intended to pressure pro-independence leader

The number of mainland Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan has been rising after a slump.

TAIPEI -- Mainland Chinese tourists are returning to Taiwan, hinting at a possible reversal of Beijing's policy intended to pressure the island's ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, led by Tsai Ing-wen.

The Chinese government restricted travel to the island after the party came to power in May 2016. But the number of mainland tourists to Taiwan increased year on year for four straight months to November, signaling a rebound.

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