NATIONAL SECURITY: The Mainland Affairs Council said that the government needs to block the political intention of Beijing behind residency permits for Taiwanese
Date: Sep 29, 2018
By: Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Beijing is attempting to create the illusion that it has jurisdiction over Taiwan with its
new residency permits for Taiwanese, a government official said yesterday on condition of anonymity.
With the cards, Beijing is attempting to make it seem as though some Taiwanese are governed by China, the official said, adding that Beijing is attempting to “govern Taiwan prior to unification” and to implement the “one country, two systems” principle in advance.
The Chinese State Council Information Office on Aug. 16 announced that from this month, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers and Macanese who have lived, worked or studied legally in China for more than six months would be eligible to apply for the cards, although reports have said that applicants who present proof of residence or employment, or are married to Chinese, could apply regardless of their time in China.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) at a routine news conference did not deny the reports, saying that local agencies would treat applicants on a case-by-case basis and try to meet the needs of applicants.
The office on Sept. 11 said that as of Sept. 10, more than 22,000 Taiwanese had applied for the cards. [FULL STORY]