Wed, Apr 11, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Legislator calls for boycott of business federation in China

HIDDEN AGENDA Huang Chao-hui said China was trying to turn Taiwanese business leaders against Taipei by forming the new federation of businesses

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Chao-hui (黃昭輝) urged the government and Taiwanese business leaders yesterday "not to recognize, follow or participate in" a new federation of Taiwanese business associations.

Huang made the call to boycott the federation at a press conference at the Legislative Yuan, while suggesting that Taiwanese businesspeople operating in China relocate their investments to Taiwan whenever Beijing shows it is not interested in protecting their rights and interests.

Huang said that China was attempting to ally itself with Taiwan's businesspeople against Taiwan's government by posting ranking officials in the newly formed federation.

A formal ceremony marking the establishment of the controversial federation is scheduled to be held on Sunday in Beijing.

Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, has been chosen to serve as the honorary chairman of the new organization.

He Shizhong (何世忠), director of the office's Economic Bureau, will be the group's vice chairman and secretary-general, Huang said.

Huang questioned the participation of the two Chinese officials in an organization purportedly intended to defend and safeguard the rights and interests of Taiwanese businesspeople in China.

Huang argued that while Taiwanese business associations around China had been sparing no effort to protect Taiwanese interests, the new business federation would be "trapped by Beijing's `one China' scheme, hidden in the federation's organic constitution," which stipulates that the leadership of the federation must respect the "one China" principle and advocate China's goal of unification.

Huang questioned how an organization founded for the purpose of promoting "national unification" would fight for Taiwanese businesspeople's rights and interests.

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