CHINA: Flirtation with an Island Neighbor

Fujian has eyes for Taiwan and for its native sons overseas

A beautiful land of rugged green hills and rich farm land, with a long, spectacular coastline, Fujian province faces Taiwan, 90 miles away across the Taiwan Strait. Closed to most non-Chinese for more than three decades, Fujian has been reopened both to foreign visitors and to foreign investment. TIME Peking Bureau Chief Richard Bernstein last week toured the provincial capital of Fuzhou and the port city of Xiamen (Amoy). His report:

"Just arrived," proclaims the large, handwritten sign, "new supply of nylon cloth from Taiwan. Come in and buy some."...

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