Hong Kong Free Press
Date: 27 June 2019
By: Yimou Lee and James Pomfret
When Taiwanese businessman Jhang Yun-nan wanted to find buyers for his company’s newcleaning products in China, he turned to an unconventional channel: A Taiwanese party that advocates the unification of China with the self-ruled, democratic island.
A senior member of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP) said the group would “have a word” with officials from Guangdong’s Administration for Market Regulation to help Jhang’s China-based Yi Yuan Ji Biotechnology Co Ltd – on one condition.
Lin Guo-cing, a senior official of the Chinese Unity Promotion Party, sits at a cafe at a theme park he is planning to introduce to the China market, in Chiayi, Taiwan, April, 9, 2019. Photo: Ann Wang/Reuters.
The member, Lin Guo-cing, told Jhang in the presence of Reuters that a “correct ideology” was needed to do business in China, touting access to dozens of Chinese officials in Guangdong.
“I support peaceful unification across the strait,” Lin told Reuters, echoing the view CUPP expects Taiwanese it works with to embrace. China views Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under Beijing’s control, by force if necessary. The defeated Nationalist government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists.
To assist with “reunification,” Beijing is cultivating networks of supporters in Taiwan and ramping up campaigns to lure Taiwanese with lucrative business opportunities in exchange for backing Beijing’s agenda. [FULL STORY]