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No political posts for businesspeople in China, MAC says

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Taiwanese are prohibited from taking up any public post in China that is political in nature, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Thursday.

MAC Spokesman and Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) said the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) did not allow Taiwanese to be Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members, regardless of whether the position is at the city-based or national level.

Liu was responding to a news report from China’s Fujian Province that Xiamen City had passed an amendment recently allowing Taiwanese to be elected members of the city committee of the CPPCC as part of the city’s efforts to “protect Taiwan residents’ investments in Xiamen.”

The statute says that Taiwanese citizens or organizations are prohibited from joining or taking posts in political, military or administrative groups or organizations in China.

In May, representatives of several associations of Taiwanese businesspeople in China called for President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration to establish a fund in China to assist Taiwanese businesspeople.

One of the representatives urged the administration to allow Taiwanese businessmen to be elected members of the CPPCC committees.

Admission to the CPPCC would allow their voices to be heard and would give them a platform for communication with local and central governments, the representative said.

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