Dan Nystedt: Taiwan prods China to drop ban on two news Web sites

From The Industry Standard:

Taiwan has expelled journalists from two Chinese news agencies and won’t consider letting them return until China lifts a ban on the Web sites of two major newspapers from the island, an official said Friday.

“We think it would help people in China better understand our views if they had access to the Web sites,” said an official from Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which is in charge of China affairs. Lifting the ban alone might not cause Taipei to allow the Chinese journalists back immediately, she said, but “it would be an important step in the right direction.”

Taiwan hopes China will stop blocking access to the Web sites of The China Times and United Daily News, two of the island’s largest media groups.

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