Taiwan citizen fined for taking up political post in China

03/15/2019 06:06 PM
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Taipei, March 15 (CNA) A fine of NT$500,000 (US$16,230) has been issued to a Taiwan national who serves on a political organization in China and made pro-unification remarks at a recent meeting in Beijing, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Friday.

In a statement, the MOI said it has been confirmed that Ling Yu-shih (凌友詩) is a Republic of China (ROC) national and has household registered in Taiwan.

Citing the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, the MOI said Ling, as an ROC national, had been fined for violating the law that forbids Taiwanese from taking up political and military posts in China.

Those found in violation of the law are liable to a fine of NT$100,000-NT$500,000, the ministry noted.

In addition, Ling advocated for Taiwan's unification with China, at a meeting of the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing March 11.

"I keenly hope that unification across the Taiwan Strait takes place as soon as possible," Ling said at the meeting in her capacity as a member of CPPCC -- a political advisory legislative body in China.

She also claimed that "the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing all China."

On Thursday, Mainland Affairs Council Vice Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) confirmed that Ling entered Taiwan using an ROC passport in recent years.

Chiu said the government is checking whether Ling has household registration in China or possesses a Chinese passport.

"If she does, her household registration in Taiwan will be canceled," he said.

It was reported that Ling last entered Taiwan in January 2017 and left the country in February the same year.

Ling, 57, has resided in Hong Kong since leaving Taiwan at the age of 16, according to local media reports.

During an interview with Hong Kong-based Sing Tao Daily Thursday, Ling said "she knew it would happen and will take it easy if her house registration in Taiwan is canceled by Taiwanese authorities."

"It's not a big deal to me," she said. "What I am concerned about now is what it is like for those in Taiwan who are in favor of Taiwan's unification with China."

In response to an online rumor that she has a United States green card, Ling told the daily that she has Hong Kong permanent residence and household registration in Taiwan, but has only been to the U.S. twice -- each time for a week long stay.

"How could I possibly have a U.S. green card?" she asked.

(By Miao Zong-han and Flor Wang)


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