China’s new attempt to lure Taiwanese could violate cross-strait agreement

Local authorities are appointing ‘Taiwanese sci-tech special commissioners’

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/17
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A symposium for the election of commissioners in Zhangpu County (Image from tftc.edu.cn)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Prefectures in China are appointing Taiwanese agricultural commissioners to assist village farming projects, which could be violating the 1992 cross-strait relations act.

CNA reports Taiwanese citizens are being recruited to act as “Taiwanese sci-tech special commissioners” to provide agricultural assistance to farmers in Chinese villages. This latest move follows a series of measures implemented in the southern city of Xiamen and Pingtan County to integrate Taiwanese specialists into state-run community development projects.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said working in such positions violates Article 33-2 of the “Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.”

The act stipulates that any authorities, institutions or legislative organs at any local government level in Taiwan must not coalesce with any local authorities in China without prior consultation with the Ministry of Interior. MAC said it is to review the nature of the new “special commissioner” position.    [FULL  STORY]

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