Taiwanese migrants to China find no support

Moves Tricked:
China’s local governments are not providing any help, and Taiwanese there have to compete with the Chinese in an unfamiliar environment, researchers said.

  • Chen Yufu, Cary Magyar/Staff Reporter, Staff Writer

The Chinese government’s encouragement for Taiwanese businessmen to invest in China was only meant to lure them across the Taiwan Strait, after which they received no real backing, experts say. said on Sunday.

Over the past few years, Beijing has offered a number of incentives that “nominally benefit the Taiwanese and in reality benefit China,” said an expert on cross-strait affairs who asked not to be identified.

Strategies such as the “31 Incentives” aim to attract Taiwan’s talent, capital and technology to help address China’s economic problems while promoting a “united front” effort, they said. said.

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Local governments in China don’t offer much practical assistance once Taiwanese move there, so many will be left in near destitute if the venture fails, they added.

Experts said there are hundreds of thousands of such people in China, which poses a problem for Chinese authorities.

Beijing did not mention the risks from the beginning, they said, urging Taiwanese to consider the risks before moving across the strait.

Officials at the Strait Exchange Foundation say there are Taiwanese who emigrated to China to start a business, failed, and are now embarrassed and hesitant to return home.

Some long-time residents have severed ties with loved ones in Taiwan, making it more difficult to return home, they say, and the foundation and the Taiwanese Business Association said that after a resident died, the family held a funeral. It added that it is handling many cases of people not wanting to travel to China to make arrangements for .

Wu Wei-chi, a researcher at the Cross-strait Policy Association, said there are considerable risks for Taiwanese to set up businesses in China.

Over the past few years, China has set up many business parks to provide incentives for Taiwanese to start businesses or work there, but after they arrived, many felt that the offerings were theirs. I realized that it fell short of my expectations.

Taiwanese entrepreneurs also face unhelpful local governments, a declining economy, and have to compete with Chinese in unfamiliar circumstances, he said.

The lack of cross-strait communication also masks risks, including the possibility of being arrested for political reasons, he added.

“China’s incentives for Taiwanese are only aimed at tricking them into moving,” Wu said.

Whether it is to invest, start a business or work, the Chinese authorities at best provide consultation, not practical assistance or follow-up assistance, he said.

On the issue of repatriation, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Guo Guowen said that not all Taiwanese in China need welfare, but if they are really at a disadvantage, the Taiwanese government should seek help. said it should be provided.

However, he said each person’s circumstances, such as age and reasons for staying in China, should be taken into consideration.

The government could consider providing psychological counseling, he said, adding that the state has a duty to help citizens get home if they so desire.

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