Following the murder of a China-based Taiwanese businessman in Jiangsu Province this week, the Mainland Affairs Council yesterday called on Chinese authorities to sign an agreement to protect the rights of Taiwanese businesspeople working in China, commonly known as taishang.
\n"The string of homicides in recent months has been cause for concern. In order to protect taishang, cross-strait dialogue should be conducted to discuss the matter, and an agreement should be signed," council vice chairman and spokesman Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said yesterday during a weekly press briefing.
\nChiu's announcement comes just days after Chinese police discovered the mangled body of 40-year-old taishang Hsu Shih-chieh (許世杰) in the trunk of his own car on Sunday. Chiu said that Hsu's death was not an isolated incident, pointing out the murder of taishang Sung Yu (宋鈺) and his family last June. Chinese police have confirmed that Hsu was murdered and are continuing their investigation.
\nCouncil chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) also called attention to the increasing danger for Taiwanese businesspeople living in China. Wu said the total number of crimes involving physical violence against Taiwanese businesspeople (including murder, kidnapping and armed robberies) in 2000 had been 51. However, crime rates have continued to climb in recent years, hitting 67 in 2001, 91 in 2002, and 107 last year. This year, 73 cases have been filed for the period between January and August.
\n"If the rights of Taiwanese businesspeople in China cannot be effectively protected, then this will have an impact on investment," Chiu said yesterday, warning that the trend of increased investment in China since President Chen Shui-bian (
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