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Little impact on travel to Kunming expected following massacre
Central News Agency
2014-03-02 09:41 PM
Taipei, March 2 (CNA) Travel agents in the southern city of Kaohsiung played down the impact Sunday on travel to the western Chinese city of Kunming, which was overshadowed by violence a day earlier that left at least 29 people dead.

Travel from Taiwan to Kunming, where masked knife-wielding assailants killed 29 and injured 143 at the local railway station, does not usually peak until late March and some degree of order will have been restored there by that time, said Shen Pen-li, head of the Kaohsiung Association of Travel Agents.

Shen forecast that the violence, which the Chinese authorities have blamed on Muslim Uighurs seeking an independent homeland in Xinjiang Province, will not do much to discourage Taiwanese from traveling to Kunming.

He sought to further dispel concerns by saying that despite constant clashes between pro-independence Uighurs and Chinese security authorities in Xinjiang last year, the number of travelers from Kaohsiung who visited the province that year was one of the highest in years, although he did not provide figures. (By Chang Che-fon and Scully Hsiao)

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