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Taiwan to roll out strategy in response to China's proposed incentives

2018/03/06 19:46:02

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Taipei, March 6 (CNA) The government will announce measures next week in response to Beijing's recent offer of a raft of incentives aimed at attracting Taiwanese investment and talent into China, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday.

An Fengshan (安峰山), spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, announced on Feb. 28 a set of 31 measures that he said were designed to benefit Taiwanese enterprises, associations and artists interested in career development in China.

The government will review the incentives and propose its own strategy, Lai said at a Legislative Yuan hearing on Tuesday, adding that China is expected to adopt an increasingly flexible "united front" strategy in its dealings with Taiwan and as such the country needs to adjust its existing approach.

"The essence of the incentive measures or the 1992 consensus is to benefit China, which ultimately wants to annex Taiwan," Lai said.

Taiwan's Executive Yuan set up a task force earlier this month to study the measures and their potential impact on various sectors in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's national security agencies have convened cross-ministerial meetings to discuss the possible political and economic impacts of the measures, a source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

However, China has not yet enacted enforcement rules relating to the measures, making it difficult for government agencies to precisely assess their potential impact, according to the source.

In addition, the implementation of the measures could create conflict between the legal systems and rules of Taiwan and China, the source said, adding that tackling related legal issues will be a serious test of the government's political acumen.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao)