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Taiwan's pro-Beijing mayors spur hopes of Chinese tourist boom

Tsai's re-election bid at risk as new local leaders seek closer mainland ties

A tourist in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung (photo by Cheng Ting-fang)

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Hotelier PK Yang Cheng-chen rode a tourism boom for nearly a decade, thanks to a stream of wealthy Chinese visitors. But his business plans began to unravel after President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016.

"Demand fell off a cliff over the past two years," Yang told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Most of my local hotel peers are losing money and are even considering exiting the business."

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