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Kinmen Magistrate Wants Tourists in Military Outposts
In line with a directive from President Ma Ying-jeou, Kinmen Magistrate Li Wo-shi urged the military Thursday to conditionally open two islets to the public as means of promoting tourism in the offshore county.

The Dadan and Erdan islets should be opened to the general public on the condition that the normal operations of the military would not be affected, Li suggested.

The magistrate said he is confident that doing so will help boost tourism in Kinmen, as the two islets have long been a restricted zone.

The two islets, which lie only seven nautical miles off Xiamen in China's Fujian Province with no civilians, are military outposts that are off-limits to the public.

Dadan covers an area of 0.79 square kilometers, while Erdan has a size of 0.28 square kilometers.

Li made the suggestion during a meeting with Army Command Political Warfare Director Cheng Jui-chien at the county government.

During a visit to Kinmen earlier in the week, President Ma instructed the military to cooperate with the offshore county to help promote its tourism.

Ma raised the issue of the tourism development of the archipelago at a ground-breaking ceremony on Jan. 9 for a bridge that will link Greater Kinmen (Kinmen Island) to Little Kinmen.






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