The visitors were enthusiastically welcomed by islanders and presented with paper flower garlands as they disembarked at Kinmen
's Liaoluo harbor under sunny skies.
Except for Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Nantou, the 16 other cities and counties on Taiwan proper have been invaded, COA deputy chief Chen Junne-jih said Friday, and the caterpillar has also been found on the Kinmen
, Matsu and Penghu islands.
Still, the reporters' arrival and some other moves indicate Beijing is slowly warming to a series of overtures from Taipei such as the opening of direct contacts between the Taiwan-controlled offshore islands Kinmen
and Matsu and southern China.
Taiwan's government has suspended the export of pigs and pork products from Kinmen
County for a minimum of one week after another two dead pigs that drifted to the coasts of the outlying county close to China tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).
But earlier this year the legislature adopted a law that paved the way for the opening of direct links between Taiwan's Kinmen
Island and Xiamen in China's southern Fujian Province, and between Taiwan's Matsu Island and Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province.
On Tuesday (May 28) between 1:30 and 2 p.m., it will be the turn of Kaohsiung, Tainan, Pingtung, and the island county of Kinmen
The drills will kick off on the southern coast of the garrison island of Quemoy (Kinmen
), located a few kilometers off the coast of China's southeastern Fujian Province, on Thursday, military spokesman Maj.
All seven were found in outlying islands, with five found in Kinmen
County and two in Lienchiang County (Matsu), the center said, adding that no carcasses found in Taiwan proper have so far tested positive.
A heavy rain advisory has been issued for Yilan County, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Hualien County, Taitung County, Kinmen
County, and Penghu County.
The CWB has issued a heavy rain advisory for Yilan County, Taichung City, Hualien County, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Kaohsiung City, Tainan City, Taitung County, Pingtung County, Kinmen
County, and Penghou County.
The CWB advised drivers to beware of low clouds or fog in central Taiwan, southern Taiwan, Kinmen
, and Matsu this evening.
As of 8 a.m., Bailu was centered 140 kilometers west-southwest of the outlying islands of Kinmen
and moving in a northwesterly direction at 20 kilometers per hour.