Taiwan slams Beijing's ID cards for Taiwanese in China

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Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇, CNA file photo)

Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇, CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwan slammed China for reportedly considering issuing Chinese ID cards to Taiwanese nationals unable to return to Taiwan on Thursday, calling the measure "political" and "pointless."

"Unless they are fugitives wanted by the authorities, how is it possible that Taiwanese will have trouble returning to Taiwan?" Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) asked.

Hsu's remarks came after local media reports quoted Taipei Forum Chairman Su Chi (蘇起) as saying that China is mulling the issuance of Chinese ID cards to China-based Taiwanese who encounter difficulties returning to Taiwan.

Su, a former secretary-general of the National Security Council from 2008-2009, visited Beijing where he met Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi (劉結一) earlier this month.

He told local press early Thursday that according to information provided by Chinese experts, Beijing is studying the possibility of issuing Chinese ID cards to Taiwanese who are unwilling or unable to return to Taiwan after having studied, taught or done business in China, as a result of the punitive measures imposed by the administration of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

In response to reporters' questions, Hsu asked "how is it possible that these people will have problems to return to Taiwan?"

"We welcome them back," he said, calling such a scheme "political" in nature and completely unnecessary.

"This is obviously a politically motivated proposal and Taiwanese are watching it with wide-open eyes," he said, urging Beijing to instead arrest economic fugitives from Taiwan hiding there and send them back to face justice as soon as possible.

Mainland Affairs Council Vice Chairman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said Taiwanese with household registration in China and holding Chinese passports will have their Republic of China citizenship revoked, according to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area

From 2004 to 2017, a total of 567 Taiwan nationals lost their citizenship for related reasons, he told a regular news briefing.

Commenting on China's alleged new policy, Chiu said a small number of Taiwanese citizens might opt for Chinese citizenship, but such a measure would never change the love Taiwanese feel for Taiwan.

(By Miao Tsong-han and Flor Wang)

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