MAC responds to China’s incentive measures for Taiwanese people

An Feng-shan, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office (map) announced on the morning of the 28th a set of 31 measures that it said will benefit Taiwanese enterprises, associations and artists interested in developing in China, and said China mainland will continue to uphold "promoting the peaceful unification of both sides of the Taiwan Strait." (Photo courtesy of CNA)

Taipei, (CNA) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that a set of measures put forth by China to court Taiwan’s people is just a renewed effort to offer benefits in exchange for political loyalty toward Beijing.

“We are aware that the other side of the Taiwan Strait has again unilaterally announced measures regarding the rights of Taiwanese people to study and work there,” the MAC said, adding that it will keep close tabs on follow-up developments and their possible implications for related sectors in Taiwan.

According to the MAC, mainland China has not changed its stance toward Taiwan and has been applying greater pressure on the country. The so-called “Taiwan-friendly” measures repeatedly put forth by Beijing are aimed at upgrading its own economic development by absorbing Taiwan’s resources and obtaining political loyalty from Taiwan’s people, the MAC said.

“We will closely monitor subsequent developments and observe how the situation unfolds,” the MAC said, urging Beijing to stop its political maneuvering.

Earlier in the day, the Beijing-based Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) announced a set of 31 measures that it said will benefit Taiwanese enterprises, associations and artists interested in developing in China.

The 31 measures, devised to improve the rights of Taiwanese people to study, work, live and start a business in China, were drawn up by 29 agencies at China’s central government level and represent the implementation of the vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) regarding Taiwan, TAO spokesman An Fengshan told a regular news briefing.

Twelve of the measures involve allowing Taiwanese companies to receive the same treatment as Chinese enterprises, including clearly permitting them to take part in the “Made in China 2025” program and infrastructure projects, and to enjoy preferential tax rates, among others.

The other 19 incentives involve offering Taiwanese people who study, do business, work and live in China the same treatment as Chinese nationals. In the future, Taiwanese people in China will be eligible to sit 134 professional aptitude examinations and participate in professional associations there, while greater access to the Chinese market will be available for Taiwanese movies, TV programs and books.

(By Chiu Kuo-chiang and Flor Wang)