Taiwan to fine citizens who join China’s Communist Party

Mainland Affairs Council head Chang Hsiao-yueh responds to reporters on Oct. 31, 2017. Chang issued a warning to Taiwanese native Lu Li-an who plans to join the party after China’s “two sessions” in 2018. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwanese citizens who join China’s Communist Party could face a fine of NT$100,000 to NT$500,000 (US$3,390-US$16,950) for violating Taiwan’s law, Mainland Affairs Council head Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月) said Tuesday.

Chang issued the warning after Taiwanese native Lu Li-an (盧麗安) served as a delegate to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and after Wang Yuqing (王裕慶), a 39-year-old Taiwanese student studying at Peking University, told Hong Kong media that he is planning to join the party after China’s “two sessions” in 2018.

The annual two sessions refer to the plenary meetings of the country’s top political, legislative and consultative bodies, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC).

Chang said at a seminar on the 19th Party Congress and the outlook for cross-strait relations that China’s Communist Party is different from ordinary political parties because it is in full control of the government and its ultimate goal is to unify Taiwan with China and implement its “one country, two systems” formula.

The formula suggests there would be only one China, but distinct Chinese regions such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau could retain their own capitalist economic and political systems, while the rest of China implements the socialist system.

The biggest difference between Taiwan and China lies in Taiwan’s democratic and free mechanism, Chang stressed.

Though there have been no cases of Taiwanese students joining the China’s Communist Party, the MAC will pay close attention to the issue, Chang said.

She urged Taiwanese students not to do so not only to avoid being fined but also having their rights in Taiwan affected.

According to Chinese law, only those with household registrations in China can join the Communist Party there, while according to Taiwan’s law, those whose households are registered in China shall be deprived of their household status in Taiwan.

That means relinquishing many rights of citizenship, including the ability to get a national ID card. 

By Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao