Taipei, May 4 (CNA) An opposition legislator charged Friday that a large number of Chinese nationals are being illegally hired to work in Taiwan and she urged authorities to crack down on the practice.
Lin Shih-chia from the Taiwan Solidarity Union said she has discovered restaurants that are completely staffed by Chinese nationals near her home in eastern Taipei and that she has also run across taxi drivers who appeared to be mainland Chinese.
She suspected that some of them do not hold a work permit given their large numbers.
Chinese citizens are forbidden to work in Taiwan except for those who are married to Taiwanese nationals and have obtained residence rights here.
The lawmaker called on the government to be careful about opening Taiwan's services sector wider to Chinese investment, saying that this could lead to an influx of Chinese workers and threaten the employment opportunities of locals.
Holding a different view, Hwang Wan-hsiang, the deputy head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, said allowing more Chinese investment in the services sector will help create jobs and enhance the sector's competitiveness.
Since Taiwan opened its doors to Chinese investment on June 30, 2009, there have been 187 investment projects worth a total of US$205 million in the services sector. The number accounts for 78.9 percent of the number of approved cases in all sectors, according to Hwang.
Meanwhile, he promised to pass on Lin's complaint about illegal Chinese workers to the appropriate authorities.
(By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)