‘United front’ includes youth exchanges

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 07, 2017
By: Lin Liang-sheng and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

China has been engaging young Taiwanese through a series of travel and work exchange activities as the latest move in its “united front” strategy, political observers said.

Statistics published by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) showed that last month 13 exchange activities were held at the provincial level in China that invited young people from several community organizations throughout Taiwan on instructions from high-level Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.

Beijing’s “united front” approach is marked by an approach it has dubbed the “three middles and the youth” — residents of central and southern Taiwan, middle and low-income families, small and medium-sized enterprises, and young people — and the “one generation and one stratum” approach — the younger generation and the grassroots stratum — as well as its exclusion of Democratic Progressive Party local government heads.

National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman Yu Zhengsheng (俞正聲) in March described plans for the launch of an “experience-oriented exchange” program designed to lure young Taiwanese through study, internships, entrepreneurship and summer camp activities.    [FULL  STORY]

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