The Control Yuan held a meeting on April 21 for "Evaluation(1) of Impacts of Implementation(2) of the Three Direct Links on Current Mini-Three Links in Kinmen and Mazu, and Problems Thereof Derived(3)." Kinmen Magistrate Li Zhufeng and three chief directors from the county government attended the meeting to present a special report along with eight important suggestions.
According to Kinmen County Government, the Mini-Three Links between Kinmen and Mainland China commenced on Jan. 1 2001. After the "Implementation Plan for Normalizing(4) Personnel Exchanges Via the Mini-Three-Links" was approved in Jun. 2008, tensions across the Strait began to thaw(5) and open policies were adopted. Under the new Cross-Strait policy, visits, shipping and trade have increased significantly and this indicates the "Mini-Three Links" era is coming to an end.
The role and position of Kinmen have always been part of the "Three Direct Links" to be initiated(6). However, in the process of government promotion of the Three Direct Links, Kinmen has remained bound(7) by the thinking behind the original "Mini-Three Links" policy which resulted in many insufficient and inappropriate administrative measures that are inconsistent with(8) the expectation of the people in Kinmen. This calls for urgent improvement from concerned authorities.
After the stipulation(9) of the "Implementation Plan for Normalizing Personnel Exchanges Via the Mini-Three-Links" on Jun. 19 2008, according to Kinmen County Government, increases of international, Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese travelers passing through Kinmen have grown about 70% from before the new policy was implemented. With the "Three Direct Links" to be implemented soon, the immigration control facilities at Kinmen's Shang-I Airport and Shueitou Harbor are apparently inadequate(10) and both the manpower and equipment are in need of(11) serious improvement in order to meet the demands.
The county government official added that inadequate manpower and facilities have resulted in visitors' discontentment(12) with the services. After it was reported by the media, the image of the gate to the country has been damaged and the government's good intention to open up to Chinese tourists has been compromised.(13) If this is not improved in time, travelers' willingness to go through Kinmen will drop and Kinmen's economy will be affected. Currently, improvement measures from related government agencies are gradually being carried out but they need to be accelerated(14) to facilitate(15) transportation and tourism development in Kinmen as quickly as possible.
The county government has also made eight important suggestions in relation to construction and development in Kinmen:
1.Accelerate investment in development of Shuitou Harbor as well as expansion of emergency relief(16) facilities and capacity.
2.Speed up expansion of Kinmen Shang-I Airport (both landside and airside).
3.Make the units stationed at the ports in Kinmen part of the regular forces.
4.Quicken the legalization of the management system of the "Kinmen Domestic Commercial Harbor".
5.Make construction of the Kinmen-Lieyu Bridge a top priority to help develop tourism.
6.Speed up the project for bringing fresh water from Mainland China to meet the demand in Kinmen.
7.Mainland Chinese commodities (products)(17) that are permitted to be imported, once they come in Kinmen, should be allowed to be distributed throughout the country.
8.Mainland Chinese visiting Kinmen for tourism or other exchange purposes should be allowed to acquire landing visas with valid identification certificates.
■2. implementation-(n)實施＝carry into effect。
■3. problems thereof derived-由此衍生的問題。thereof，指「由此、因此」；derive是「衍生出、引伸出～」。
■8. be inconsistent with-與～不協調、不一致。字首in- 通常與形容詞連用，表達否定的意思。consistent是「前後一致」的意思，加上字首in-就變成反義詞，「不一致」。
■10. inadequate-(a)不充分，不適當，不適格，不能勝任。此處同樣是形容詞adequate（充足、充分的）加上in- 字首，形成反義詞。
■11. in need of-需要。
■12. discontentment-(n)不滿，不滿的原因。此處是代表否定的字首dis- 加上名詞contentment （滿意、滿足）形成的反義詞。