Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday threw their backing behind President Chen Shui-bian (
"While China has launched an educational united-front tactic with the aim of luring more Taiwanese students to study in China's colleges and universities, we thought that the president's pledge to reject Chinese college credentials during his term deserves our support," DPP Legislator Chai Trong (蔡同榮) said.
Chai was referring to Chen's remarks the previous day that Taiwan will not recognize China's academic accreditation during his term.
"So long as I remain in office, Taiwan is unlikely to recognize China's academic accreditation. This is not for my sake, but rather for the sake of Taiwan, for Taiwan's schools and young people," Chen said while attending the closing session of a three-day National Youth Conference on Sunday.
Chai said China is using Taiwanese students educated there to infiltrate the nation's armed forces, political circles, its lawmaking body and the high-tech industry after they return home to Taiwan. These people then take commands from the Chinese government and conduct activities to serve the interests of Beijing.
Ng Chiau-tong (黃昭堂), chairman of World United Formosans for Independence and head of the Hand-in-Hand Taiwan Alliance, said that only if more people identify with Taiwan can a brighter future for the nation be ensured.
"However, it is sad to see that our educational system is still using Chinese-centered materials and teaching Chinese how to run Taiwan," he said.
Cheng Cheng-iok (鄭正煜), executive director of the Taiwan Southern Society, said that it was sad to see that the nearly 4.6 million Taiwanese students were still studying China's history, geography and culture.
"We are helping China build the bridge for its united-front plot," he said.
Cheng said that the social science test for this year's college examination has 10 questions related to China and only six related to Taiwan, while the geography test contains five questions about China and only three questions about Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Beijing plans to give national colleges, universities, and science research institutes that recruit Taiwanese students an 8,000 yuan (US$988) subsidy, according to the Beijing News.