Taiwanese companies in China will certainly encounter more cases of unfair competition in the future. However, the cross-strait economic and trade policies that Taiwan is ready to agree to are all centered on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), which is geared toward securing the nation’s position in the global free-trade system. When it comes to the unfair competition faced by local businesses operating in China, Taipei has offered no response whatsoever.
If this situation continues, enterprises are likely to become more estranged from Taiwan. They will be left to look out for their own interests, which will lead them to ask the Chinese government to accept them as businesses belonging to the “Chinese nation.” If — or rather when — that happens, Beijing will be able to use these companies to press Taipei into complying with its wishes.
Julian Kuo is a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator.
Translated by Julian Clegg