China allows residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to apply for residence permits

Permit holders of Chinese residencies that would allow residents of Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong to enjoy three rights, six basic public services and nine convenient policies on the Mainland – will be ‘investigated’ if applicants damage China’s national sovereignty, a document released by the State Council of China reveals.

By Tsai Shan Ling

China announced a legal regulation on August 16 that allows residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to apply for residence permits.

According to the regulation, the new residence permits will enable residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to enjoy more public services and other conveniences in China, including employment, social security, education, medical services and other legal services.

It sounds like a good news for many young Taiwanese since the working conditions keep worsening. Low income and poor career development in Taiwan drive youth to go overseas, seeking for a better life.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said that Taiwanese working or studying in China should be cautious about the risks associated with the new residence permit.

Speaking at a press conference in Taipei, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said the residence card is part of a ploy by China to bring Taiwan into its political fold, similar to the economic measures launched earlier this year to attract Taiwanese businesses.

Regardless it is a political stunt, brain drain has become a serious crisis in Taiwan in recent years. More and more experts work in China because many incentives are offered.

This year, in February 2018, China revealed 31 new measures to promote exchange and cooperate with Taiwan, which make it easier for those from Taiwan to work, do business and study in China, including teachers and doctors. Along with the policy of residence permits now, more influences are expectable in the future.

However, according to a document released by the State Council of China, those found to be damaging Mainland interests will be ‘punished according to the law’ or ‘investigated for criminal responsibility.’

It was not revealed what would constitute such crimes against national sovereignty.

The smart cards will be effective September 1.