There was a rush for visas yesterday at the British Consulate in Taipei. The Consulate?
There was a rush for visas yesterday at the British Consulate in Taipei. The Consulate is due to be el??? ??? following the announcement that Britain and the Peoples Republic of China had agreed to exchange Ambassadors, Under this Agreement, which recognises that Taiwan is an integral part of China, the Consulate is to be closed. Its presence in Taiwan Has been a prime source of friction between London and Peking, holding up the exchange of Ambassadors for more than 20 years,
Consular sign; crowds inside Consular office, Taipei; office staff at work; crowds holding out visa forms and money; GV of old British Consulate at Tamsui, outside Taipei; interiors.
It has already been announced that other arrangements to will have to be made for issuing visas for visits to Hongkong or Britain. Airlines operating through Taiwan will take over much of the responsibility. So there has been a last-minute rush to get visas at the Consulate while it is still open. The decision to close the consulate has passed without much comment in Taiwan, though officials recognise that the new agreement was almost certainly helped along by President Nixon's recent visit to China. Also due to close is the old Consulate building at Tomsui. Sot in a former Dutch fort, it has boon open since 1861. One of the conditions of the original loaso was that the British authorities would see that the cannon would be adequately maintained. host of these are Chinese guns, cast around the beginning of the 19th century and guarding the ???ward approaches from the Taiwan Straits.