China’s latest attempt to bring Taiwan to heel is unlikely to work. If anything, it will probably strengthen Beijing’s opponents.
Tourists will be banned from traveling to Taiwan as individuals effective Aug. 1 as the government suspends a trial program that opened access to people from 47 Chinese cities, according to a statement on Wednesday from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The move means Chinese nationals can travel to Taiwan only as part of tour groups.
China appears to be using its economic heft to influence voters in the self-governing territory ahead of elections in January, where President Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party will be seeking re-election.