The Philippines is extending its 30 day visa-free policy this week to citizens of 151 countries and regions; notable exceptions from this policy? China and Taiwan.
Global Times reports:
Analysts said the Philippines made the decision as a snub to the Chinese mainland and Taiwan after suffering from disputes with them, though it is still counting on tourists from the two regions to boost its economy.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said the 30-day stay was extended from 21 days in an effort to boost its tourism industry and facilitate foreign investments.
“Both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are embroiled in disputes with the country. Its decision to exclude people from the two regions is a retaliatory move, especially, against Taiwan,” Zhuang Guotu, dean of the Research School of Southeast Asian Studies at Xiamen University, told the Global Times.
Relations between the Philippines and Taiwan have been strained since Philippine coast guards shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman, leading to protests and cancelled flight routes.
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