No visas on arrival in Taiwan for HK officials Hong Kong government officials and local delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference cannot apply for visas when they arrive in Taiwan. Hong Kong's Chung Hwa Travel Service gave the clarification yesterday after a Hong Kong delegate to the CPPCC was refused entry to Taiwan last month. The travel company said it was not an isolated case and stressed that all Hong Kong officials and Hong Kong delegates to the CPPCC had to apply for visas before travelling to Taiwan. It said other Hong Kong travellers could apply for visas on arrival. Commerce secretary to meet Fujian leaders Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology Joseph Wong Wing-ping left for a two-day visit to Xiamen last night. During his stay he will meet leaders of the Fujian provincial government and the Vice-Minister of Commerce, Liao Xiaoqi . Mr Wong will deliver a speech today at the opening ceremony of an economic forum which will be attended by director-general of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy, and Macau Chief Executive Edmond Ho Hau-wah. Mr Wong will return to Hong Kong tomorrow. Hong Kong is looking to help, mainland told National People's Congress deputy and Legislative Council president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said now was the time to push for a balanced programme on civic education, adding that Hong Kong should also better communicate its desire to help the mainland's development. Mrs Fan told a forum on Hong Kong's national identity there had been an understandable aversion to pushing civic education in the past as some people 'were afraid that it would be seen as brainwashing'. But she said the younger generation needed 'to grasp some basic knowledge of our country'. She also said Hong Kong had often petitioned for the mainland's help in the past. 'This led to some opinions in the mainland because even the most developed cities there lag behind Hong Kong,' she said. 'So we need to communicate that a lot of Hong Kong people are not just out for their own interests but are also looking to help.'