Since the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis, the stagnation of Cross-Strait Relations has still been an obstacle to develop a benign interaction. In 2008, with KMT in power, Cross-Strait Relations became the main program of administration. The SEF and ARATS, which the relationships have been stagnant for almost 10 years, finally started to negotiate and have the opportunities to promote the substantive negotiations. In this way, both can reach the negotiations of Direct Air Transportation, permitting mainland Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan, mutual legal assistance and other areas of agreements in order to develop the institution of Cross-Strait Relations.
On the face of it, both sides are in a conciliatory posture, but the hostility of Chinese towards Taiwan has never been reduced. If the policy of permitting mainland Chinese tourists carries out without any relevantly protective measures, it will have the concerns of the threat of potential infiltration of personnel and the burden of security management.
Actually, since Hu Jintao ruled the Government of China, he shifted the strategy of Taiwan United Front work to flexible and pragmatic diplomacy. Besides, he put more emphasis on the strategy of “make soft softer, make hard harder” in order to adopt the tactics of “divide and conquer” and “separation of officers and residents.” However, after Xi Jinping was in power, he had an encouraging propaganda: “The Cross-Strait Relations are life community; our blood is thicker than water.” “Compatriots between Mainland China and Taiwan are both fully looking forward to make peace of Cross-Strait Relations; we should not let them down.” Taiwan was adopted the policy of a combination of the carrot and the stick so that the cross-strait interaction became more complicated and Taiwan was forced to lower its external autonomy.
Since China allowed people travel overseas, the government should not just consider the benefit of tourism, but also need to have a specific purpose and intention. Besides, Government should take advantage of external developments as a bargaining chip with other countries. In 2016, Democratic Progressive Party returned to power again. Although they advocated maintaining the recent status, they did not have concrete measures to deal with the decreasing amount of mainland Chinese tourists and they also make the policy of cross-strait into a cold peace.
For the policies and laws of Mainland Chinese tourists visit Taiwan,we can see the changing of it from both sides of cross-strait governments through this thesis. And we can do further research about the effects in the economic, politics, social cultural and national security. We expect to get to know more about the impact it brings to Cross-Strait Relations.