The number of mainland Chinese tourists going to Taiwan has fallen sharply since President Tsai Ing-wen took power in May 2016. Those coming in groups has tumbled by more than half.
The first large-scale pro-independence rally in a generation has brought thousands of people onto the streets of Taipei. China has recently strengthened its determination to bring the self-ruled island under its control.
In recent decades, the village-like district of Montmartre in Paris, characterized by its steep hills and sweeping views, has been transformed by the arrival of mass tourism.
Improved ties between Beijing and the Vatican, following a historic deal allowing joint appointment of Catholic bishops in China, have raised concerns in Taiwan that it will lose its most important diplomatic partner.
Relations between Taiwan and China have been tense in recent years as Beijing increasingly tries to isolate Taipei globally. The international community should appeal to moderation on both sides, says Alexander Görlach.
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