Taiwanese elected to CPC National Congress already Chinese citizen

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Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月)

Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月)

Kaohsiung, Oct. 5 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reported Thursday that a China-based Taiwanese woman who will attend the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has in fact already acquired Chinese citizenship.

Lu Li-an (盧麗安), whose attendance at the upcoming CPC National Congress was questioned for legal reasons, already has Chinese nationality, according to MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月).

The Kaohsiung native is the first Taiwanese national to have been born in Taiwan and elected to attend the CPC National Congress, which made the MAC question whether a Taiwanese national's involvement in the CPC National Congress violates the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

Article 33 of the Act stipulates that no individual of the Taiwan Area may become a member of or hold a position in agencies, institutions or organizations of the Mainland Area that are political parties, the military, the administration or political in any other sense.

As the situation currently stands, Lu, president of the Shanghai Taiwan Compatriots Friendship Association, will be attending the congress as a Chinese national.

However, Chang said that the National Immigration Agency is investigating whether she has given up her Taiwanse citizenship, a requirement for any Taiwanese national who wishes to acquire Chinese citizenship.

Lu was born in Kaohsiung in 1968 and later moved to Shanghai in 1997 with her husband, where they are both currently employed by Fudan University.

A total of 10 Taiwanese nationals were elected in June to attend the CPC National Congress, although the other nine were either born in China or are second-generation Taiwanese based there.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)
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