Wed, Jul 14, 2004 - Page 8 News List

Editorial: Thieves and thugs run China

Taiwanese people know that today's China has become a haven for Taiwanese gangsters and economic criminals.

For humanitarian reasons and for the safety of air travelers, the government began in the 1990s to send Chinese hijackers seeking freedom back to China, in accordance with international regulations. This has stopped people from using such violent means to escape. However, to this day, Taiwan's efforts to improve cross-strait relations have not been reciprocated by China. On the contrary, Beijing uses Chinese criminals to repeatedly attack the nation, politically and economically.

Today, not only is Beijing not willing to let illegal Chinese immigrants be repatriated in a timely manner, but it shelters many criminals who have committed serious crimes in this country, allowing them to use China as a base and continue their vicious actions against Taiwanese businesspeople and the public. How can such a bad neighbor ever win acceptance from the Taiwanese people?

For example, fugitive Hsueh Chiu (薛球) has sent DVDs from China to Taiwan to blackmail people. In addition, investigations often show that the criminal gangs behind many large and small cases of extortion are hiding in China, in particular in the coastal provinces. In fact, just last week Shanghai police solved a case involving a criminal gang teaching Taiwanese how to swindle Taiwanese businesspeople. Police here claim that these people, along with people such as Kuang San Enterprise Group president Tseng Cheng-jen (曾正仁), who recently jumped bail; former Control Yuan member and Kaohsiung City councilor Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄); and former Tuntex Group chairman Chen Yu-hao (陳由豪) are hiding out in China, where authorities allow them to travel freely in and out of the country.

In terms of the cross-strait relationship, it is all but obvious that Beijing is hoping to indulge these criminals and thereby achieve its goal of destroying Taiwan's economic stability, social order and political harmony. China's use of Chen Yu-hao to launch a fierce attack on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) during the presidential election showed the Taiwanese people that one of the main reasons that these criminals are allowed to hide in China is that China hopes that they can be used as tools with which to attack and vilify Taiwan's leaders.

On the international stage, China has not only sought to prevent Taiwan from gaining observer status in the World Health Organization, but more recently it also sought to obstruct the nation's participation in the International Symposium on Economic Crime hosted by Cambridge University. It was only because the organizers refused to bow to pressure from the Chinese embassy in the UK that Beijing did not achieve its goal. But is there any need for such seminars, which aim to achieve peace, health, safety and happiness for people around the world, to be drawn into such a political whirlpool? China's rulers obviously think so, and they have even sought to drum up blame and criticism over Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's (李顯龍) visit to Taipei. They are hysterical, and their actions cannot but look ridiculous in the eyes of Taiwanese.

Taiwan, with its democracy, freedom and rule of law, stands in stark contrast to the tyrannical ways of China. This is something that all the world can see. Moreover, Taiwanese can now see the ulterior motives behind Beijing's willingness to provide a haven for Taiwan's felons.

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