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Taiwanese with China ID to sue after Taiwan rights canceled: report

2019/04/08 21:23:34

Shao Tzuping (邵子平, second left) / Image taken from 大公網 (takungpao.com.hk)

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) A renowned legal expert from Taiwan who has had his local household registration recently canceled for taking Chinese citizenship has vowed to return to Taiwan and sue the government, Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily reported Monday.

The legal expert, Shao Tzuping (邵子平), complained that Taiwan's move was totally unconstitutional, the report said.

Shao is known for his contribution to John Rabe's journal "The Good Man of Nanking," which recounts the horrific events that led to the Nanking Massacre from 1937 to 1938.

He also helped produce Magee's Testament, a film that contains footage of the Nanking Massacre itself, shot by missionary John Magee.

According to the Chinese-language report, Shao's household registration in Taiwan was canceled last month by the Wanhua District's Household Registration Office in Taipei on orders from the National Immigration Agency (NIA) based on laws prohibiting Taiwanese nationals from taking up citizenship in China.

Shao, who is in his 80s, criticized Taiwanese authorities for canceling his household registration, saying that it seriously damaged his economic interests and trampled on his civil rights, the report said.

"I have had my household registration in Taiwan for decades, and without it, I'm unable to apply for national health insurance and claim my retirement pension," he was quoted as saying in the report.

"The rights to which I'm entitled are now all gone," Shao said, stressing that he only took up a household registration in Nanjing out of necessity, including to be able to open a bank account, and also because he spends time there regularly.

Shao, who currently resides in Nanjing, said he intended to sue Taiwan's "immigration authority and its head [Director-General Chiu Feng-kuang (邱豐光)], and also the Democratic Progressive Party for deprivation of rights."

According to various online sources, he was originally a Nanjing native but escaped with his family to Taiwan when he was 12 before China fell to the communists.

He subsequently graduated from National Taiwan University with a law degree in 1958 and moved to the United States in 1971, where he worked at the United Nations until his retirement.

In 2003, he left the U.S. to settle in Beijing with his wife, and he received his household registration in Nanjing in December 2018 and a Chinese ID a month later in January.

On Monday, the NIA responded that Shao had violated the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

The law stipulates that Taiwan nationals who have a household registration in China or hold Chinese passports will have their Taiwan household registration revoked, which will deprive them of their right to participate in elections, serve in the military and take public office.

His household registration in Taipei's Wanhua District was effectively canceled on March 18, the NIA said, noting that the case was dealt with according to the law.

If Shao is able to present proof that he has relinquished his Chinese national ID and household registration through the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), he can apply for a reinstatement of his Taiwan household registration via the NIA, the agency said.

The SEF is a semi-official agency responsible for handling contacts with China in the absence of official ties.

(By Yang Sheng-ju and Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)
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