TAIWAN'S Cabinet yesterday approved revisions to rules governing visits by mainland Chinese with relatives on the island, spokesman Jason Hu announced. The revision will allow parents, spouses and children, and former Taiwanese now living on the mainland, to apply to visit relatives and to increase the frequency of visits from one a year to twice annually. The new rules will also ease the conditions for elderly as well as seriously ill mainlanders to be accompanied by their children or nurses. Each visit can be for a maximum of three months (with one three-month extension, up from two months in the original set of rules). Vincent Siew, chairman of Taiwan's official Mainland Affairs Council, said the changes were made 'for humanitarian reasons'. Mr Siew noted that nearly 39,000 mainlanders have visited Taiwan since it allowed them to visit seriously ill relatives or participate in funerals of close relatives. Mr Siew said current requirements called for mainland spouses of Taiwan citizens to wait two years before being allowed to apply to visit Taiwan and there was a quota of only 600 such visits annually.