Bejing began issuing the residence permit for people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on Sept. 1, a policy seen by many as attempting to belittle Taiwan’s sovereignty
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Executive Yuan will mull over measures to control
Taiwanese people applying for the residence permits issued by the Chinese government.
Kolas Yotaka, spokesperson for the Executive Yuan, said at a press conference on Thursday that the government considers Taiwanese citizens applying for the Chinese residence permits “a serious matter” and will being mulling over measures to limit applications without causing an unnecessary impact on society.
Kolas said those who possess a Chinese residence permit could be deprived of certain civil rights in Taiwan, but emphasized that nothing has been decided as of now and that the government will collect public opinion before coming up with any measures.
Beijing began issuing the residence permit for people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on Sept. 1, a policy seen by many as attempting to belittle Taiwan as a sovereign state. It also involves risks of compromising privacy as applicants are required to provide such personal information as fingerprints. [FULL STORY]