TAIWAN: STATING THE BLOODY OBVIOUS "NEWS"

Lawmaker warns of increased Chinese infiltration

CHINESE AGENTS?

A 60-fold surge in the number of Chinese entering Taiwan using false documents could be an attempt to sway the year-end elections, a legislator said

By Su Fang-ho, Chiang Hsiang and Jake Chung, Taipei Times, 2014.07.19

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator yesterday warned of a growing threat of Chinese infiltration, citing a 60-fold jump in the number of Chinese visitors entering Taiwan using altered or falsified documents.

DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said that based on the National Immigration Agency’s records, the number of Chinese entering Taiwan using altered and falsified documents rose from nine in 2012 to 76 last year and further to 535 in thefirst half of this year.

Chen said the increase in Chinese criminal activity could be an attempt to swing November’s seven-in-one elections in favor of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Identification documents modified or changed included proof of work and bank savings attestations, the agency’s records show.

Chen said that Taiwan has strict limits on the number of Chinese citizens from select cities that can apply for entry as free independent travelers (FIT) in Taiwan; the rest have to show documents to prove that they are either businesspeople, professionals or people seeking aesthetic medical services.

However, with the elections scheduled this year, there has been an explosion in the number of falsified documents, Chen said, adding that this suggested that the Beijing government was systematically trying to get as many people as possible into Taiwan through the loopholes.

Chen added that the agency records showed that there were 2,362 Chinese citizens who had overstayed their visas, but only 49 were arrested. Moreover, a notice on the agency’s Web site showed that it could not find 306 Chinese citizens who had disappeared.

The discrepancy in numbers and the low number of arrests suggest dereliction of duty on the part of the agency, Chen said.

Several agency officials have been arrested recently for allegedly helping foreign women arriving in Taiwan under arranged marriages to find employment at a massage shop in New Taipei City, he added.

Chen called on national security agencies to investigate the matter.

He added that National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) should focus on this issue, instead of using intelligence agencies to spy on rival political parties, or over-reaching his authority with his visits to agencies such as the Investigation Bureau, the National Police Agency, the National Immigration Agency, the Coast Guard Administration and the military police.

In response, the NIA said it had convened agency officials earlier this year to investigate the surge in the number of cases involving falsified and altered identification documents, and found the source to be “certain groups” operating onboth sides of the Taiwan Strait.

The groups have found this to be a lucrative business and have set up networks onboth sides of the Strait to facilitate the dispersal of falsified documents among Chinese who visit Taiwan as businesspeople, professionals or people seeking aesthetic medical services, the agency said.

These visitors had come here posing as tourists while engaging in activities that were not within the purview of their visas, the agency said.



Suicide:

More Chinese cities set to enter FIT plan: bureau

MILLION MILESTONE

Residents of the additional cities are expected to start applying for entry permits to Taiwan in the middle of next month, the bureau said

By Shelley Shan, Taipei Times, 2014.07.19

The Tourism Bureau said yesterday that 10 more Chinese cities are to allow their residents to visit Taiwan as free independent travelers (FIT), which is expected to further boost Chinese tourists in the FIT category toward 1 million, a milestone.

The decision was announced by Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君) and Shao Qiwei (邵琪偉), director of China’s National Tourism Administration, following a round-table meeting on cross-strait tourism in Changchun, China, yesterday morning.

Both Taiwan and China have allowed only residents of a limited number of Chinesecities to travel as FITs since 2011. The decision yesterday enlists 10 more Chinese cities: Harbin, Taiyuan, Nanchang, Guiyang, Dailian, Wuxi, Wenzhou, Zhongshan, Yentai and Zhangzhou.

Currently, the program is open to residents of 26 cities, including Shanghai.

Residents in the newly added cities are to be able start applying for entry permits to Taiwan on Aug. 18, when the change is to take effect.

Tourism Bureau statistics showed that, as of last month, more than 1.24 million Chinese FITs have entered Taiwan since June 2011.

Hsieh said that more than 500,000 such travelers visited Taiwan in the first half of this year, with an average of 2,785 entering the nation per day.

The number was also twice as much as the same time last year and could potentially hit 1 million this year.



Australian newspaper report outlines White Wolf’s ties to China’s princelings

TIED IN KNOTS:

Chang An-le shed light on his powerful cross-strait connections in an interview that sparked a report in one of Australia’s major newspapers yesterday

By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Taipei Times, 2014.07.12

TheSydney Morning Herald yesterday reported on connections linking former Bamboo Union leader Chang An-le (張安樂) to China’s unofficial “princeling” aristocracy, saying that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) teamed up with Chang to “help press its claims in Taiwan.”

Chang’s connections were outlined in an interview with the Good Weekend magazine insert that appears weekly in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, another Australian newspaper, and examined in a separate report in theSydney Morning Herald.

In the interview, Chang shed light on how he came to thrive under what the magazine described as the protection of a different kind of powerful and secretive family network: the CCP’s so-called “princeling” unofficial aristocracy, the report said.

“Yes, I’ve met lots of these princelings,” Chang was quoted as saying in the interview.

The report said that Chang listed as connections the sons of a former CCP secretary-general and a top revolutionary general during the interview.

Among Chang’s closest ties are those with Hu Shiying (胡石英), the son of the CCP’s most well-known propaganda chief, Hu Qiaomu (胡喬木), and also an associate of Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), the report said.

Hu Shiying reportedly also has ties with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), “judging by the flattering calligraphy message that hangs in the hallway of his luxury Beijing condominium, which is signed by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九],” the report said.

Chang reportedly said in the interview that his main friendships with Chinese officials are within the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of China’s State Council and not within the United Front Work Department, under the command of the Central Committee of the CCP, as many had assumed, the newspaper said.

Also known as the “White Wolf,” Chang is most famous for his involvement in the 1984 death of Henry Liu (劉宜良), a naturalized US citizen based in California who wrote an unauthorized biography of then-president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) under the pen name Chiang Nan (江南).

Chang returned to Taiwan in 1995, after he served a sentence in the US related to a drug-trafficking conviction.

He escaped to China the following year, after being placed on the wanted list for organized crime, and then lived in China for 17 years.

He returned to Taiwan in June last year. Upon his arrival, he was arrested by the police, but almost immediately released on NT$1 million (US$33,000) bail.

Having said that the goal of his return is to “cultivate ‘pro-red’ Taiwanese voters” to advocate peaceful unification with China, Chang, who now leads the China Unification Promotion Party, has mobilized several rallies to counter pro-democracy protests.

He has been linked to the pro-China counterprotests that greeted TAO Minister Zhang Zjijun (張志軍) when he visited the nation late last month.

The Sydney Morning Herald said Chang has spread his webs of influence to leading members of the traditionally independence-minded opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), “who he said arranged his safe re-entry to Taiwan despite charges outstanding against his name.”

“According to a source with direct knowledge, China’s Ministry of State Security has recently used the Bamboo Union to channel lucrative opportunities to select leaders of the DPP, after senior leaders had placed huge pressure to gain concessions,” the Sydney Morning Herald report said.

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