Trade pact could pave way for PRC spies, activist says

INFLUX OF REDS::The activist said agents would establish themselves in jobs, then congregate at night to discuss how to further the CCP’s influence

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Fri, Sep 27, 2013 - Page 3

The cross-strait service trade agreement would not only impact Taiwanese industry, but also pave the way for Chinese agents to infiltrate the nation, Taiwan Association for China’s Human Rights president Yang Hsien-hung (楊憲宏) said earlier this week.

The agreement, inked in June in Shanghai, would open up 64 Taiwanese industries to Chinese investment, while opening up 80 Chinese industries to Taiwanese investment if it is passed by the legislature.

Attending an event held by former vice president Annette Lu’s (呂秀蓮) Civilians to Impeach Ma Alliance, Yang said that unbeknownst to the majority of Taiwanese — most of whom wish for the continuation of the “status quo” — China is quietly changing the rules.

Yang said that once Chinese agents established themselves in Taiwan, they would go about their normal business during the day, such as selling fruit or cutting people’s hair, but congregate at night to discuss how to further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) influence and gain more members, which they would use to support the pan-blue camp.

In essence the agreement would allow communists to establish headquarters in Taiwan, bringing the fight inside the nation, Yang said.

They have been sending in agents to interact with politicians, and not only those in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Yang said, adding that some in the Democratic Progressive Party had also been contacted.

Yang pointed to Hong Kong as an example of how insidious Chinese influence could be.

Over the past decade or so, Hong Kong has instituted a law that gives Chinese who live in the territory for seven or more years residency, which has caused many Chinese to move to Hong Kong and start up businesses, mostly in the tertiary industries, Yang said.

These agents manage hair salons, run grocery stores or hold dance classes during the day, then gather at night for secret communist meetings, Yang said.

Yang also said that the Chinese in Hong Kong liked to start dance classes at their own dance studios because it afforded them a place to hold secret meetings, adding that the Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) also holds regular meetings in dance clubs.

The Chinese are also slowly grooming the next chief executive of Hong Kong, Yang said, adding that Taiwanese should not be fooled by the facade of “Hong Kong will be ruled by the Hong Kongers.”

It is CCP members that will rule in Hong Kong, Yang said.

Allowing the Chinese trade industries to move into Taiwan is killing two birds with one stone, allowing the Chinese to impact on the everyday life of Taiwanese and opening the sluice gates to CCP agents infiltrating the nation, Yang said.