CHINA-TAIWAN: Student mobility fuels brain drain fears

Will Taiwan's brightest make a beeline for top universities across the Strait, now that mainland China has opened its doors more widely? This is an emerging concern in Taiwan after Beijing announced, at a high-level forum last weekend, that top Taiwanese students may now get a place in universities without having to take China's college-entry exam, reports The Straits Times.

Taiwanese students who aced the island's own exams could be admitted into China's universities from as early as next month.

At the fifth Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Culture Forum in Changsha, in central China's Hunan province, Beijing and Taipei put aside trade and held broad discussions on media, culture and education, resolving to step up links. Both sides agreed to look into allowing each other's media outlets to set up offices on the other side, as well as to work on a dictionary unifying the use of traditional and simplified Chinese script, among other things.
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