MAC to help man who broke the law by getting a Chinese passport

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Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正)

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正)

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday it will work with relevant agencies to help restore the personal identification documents of a Taiwanese man whose Republic of China (Taiwan) household registration and passport were revoked after he traveled to Russia recently using a temporary Chinese passport.

The man surnamed Yen (顏) was part of a 20-member group from Taiwan that went on a five-day tour of China and Vladivostok in Russia in October.

The tour was organized by a Taiwanese travel agency, according to a local newspaper report on Monday.

The agency reportedly helped the travelers obtain temporary Chinese passports after they arrived in Changchun City in northeastern China on Oct. 4, so that they would enjoy visa-free entry into Russia.

After returning to Taiwan, however, Yen, a resident of Taichung City, was notified in late October by the local household registration authorities that his Taiwanese household registration and passport had been canceled because he held a Chinese passport valid for up to three months.

The incident was then brought to the attention of local authorities, including the MAC, to clarify the government's official position on such matters.

On Thursday, MAC deputy chief Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said during a press event that the authorities will help Yen restore his Taiwanese identity considering that he did not obtain the Chinese passport with the intent of setting up a household registration in China.

But citing the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Chiu reiterated that the law clearly stipulates "the people of the Taiwan Area may not have household registration in the Mainland Area or hold passports issued by the Mainland Area."

According to the MAC, the act was designed to prevent people from having dual identities, which would create conflicting rights and obligations. It was also developed based on concerns for Taiwan's national security and interest.

"Regardless of whether or not the Chinese passport was temporary, hampering the interests and dignity of the country will not be tolerated," Chiu said.

He urged people and tour agencies to refrain from violating the law for the sake of convenience when traveling overseas.

(By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin)
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