Taiwanese academic Lu Li-an (盧麗安), who teaches at the College of Foreign Languages and Literature in Fudan University in Shanghai, is under investigation by the Mainland Affairs Council for potential violation of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例).
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang (張小月) yesterday told reporters that questions concerning Lu’s nationality had been raised following her nomination to be a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) representative for the CCP’s 19th National Congress, which opens in Beijing on Oct. 18.
Lu and nine others were nominated to represent “Taiwan Province,” but she is the only one who was born in Taiwan.
Photo: Lin Liang-sheng, Taipei Times
The council has discovered that Lu, while born in Kaohsiung, elected to teach at Fudan University with her husband since returning from her studies in the UK in 1997, Chang said.
The council respects Lu’s choice to enter and leave Taiwan with her Chinese passport, Chang said.
However, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) is investigating whether Lu still holds her Republic of China (ROC) citizenship, Chang said.
Under the act, no Taiwanese can establish a residence or hold a Chinese passport, with violators being immediately stripped of their ROC citizenship.
Taiwanese are also prohibited from assuming positions in the CCP, the People’s Liberation Army, or the Chinese civil service.
If Lu still retains her ROC citizenship after the investigation, she would be expected to choose between ROC or Chinese citizenship, Chang said.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,