In a recently released document, China's communist regime touted supposed economic gains for Taiwanese people who would move across the Taiwan Strait to China—in an attempt to attract Taiwanese residents to live and do business in China’s southeastern coastal province of Fujian.
It has been a practice of the communist regime to attempt to subjugate Taiwan by simultaneously emphasizing both its military presence in the area and purported economic benefits a closer relationship would bring to the island.
The communist regime says it plans to turn Fujian Province into a “demonstration zone for the integrated development across the Taiwan Strait” and to “ensure they [Taiwanese residents and entrepreneurs] enjoy equal treatment with their mainland counterparts,” Xinhua reported. The document was released jointly by the CCP’s top decision-making bodies: the Central Committee and its cabinet-like State Council.
- Chung Ting-pang, detained by the regime in 2012 for "inciting mainland residents to destroy broadcasting facilities;"
- Lee Ming-che, detained by the regime in 2017 for spreading “subversive” messages;
- Yang Zhi-yuan, detained by the regime in 2022 for "endangering national security;" and
- Li Yanhe, detained by the regime in April 2023 "on suspicion of engaging in activities endangering national security."
The Kinmen Islands lie about 17 miles away from Fujian’s southern Xiamen City, while the Matsu archipelago lies some 64 miles away from Fujian’s capital, Fuzhou City, in the north of the province. The two Taiwanese archipelagos have been at the frontline of military confrontation with the Chinese regime.
China experts believe that the new document is part of the CCP’s united front work (UFW), and that the CCP aims to influence Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election by using psychological warfare on the Taiwanese people.
“This is a psychological war, indoctrinating Taiwanese that [China and Taiwan are] of one family,” said former Taiwan Air Force Deputy Commander Chang Yan-ting in an interview with the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times on Wednesday.
CCP’s Claim Over Taiwan Lacks Legitimacy: Expert“The CCP is the culprit that has divided China into ‘two Chinas,’” said Su Tzu-yun, director of the Institute for National Defense Security Research in Taiwan, in an interview with the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times on Sept. 12.
Mr. Su added that more and more people in Taiwan, and especially young people, have come to recognize the CCP’s authoritarian nature, which is unacceptable to most people on the democratic island. In addition, China has also lost even more appeal among young Taiwanese due to its high unemployment rate.
CCP’s Military Coercion and UFW Both Target Taiwan’s 2024 General Election: ExpertsTaiwan’s next presidential election will take place on Jan. 13, 2024. China experts believe that the CCP’s intensified UFW and military efforts are both aimed at influencing the election.
Feng Chongyi, associate professor of China studies at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, believes that the CCP intends to help the Kuomintang’s candidate win the election.
“How to increase the votes of Kuomintang[’s candidate] and reduce the votes of the Democratic Progressive Party—all [of the CCP’s] current Taiwan policies support this theme,” said Mr. Feng in an interview with the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times on Sept. 13.
The CCP will do whatever it thinks fit to serve its goal, said Mr. Feng. He said that the Taiwanese people should stay alert and not be deceived by the communist regime.
Mr. Su also noted that the best way for Taiwanese people to resist the influence of the CCP’s UFW efforts is to stay alert to its tactics that target Taiwan.
“We must be concerned and remain vigilant, and we shouldn’t follow the CCP’s rhetoric,” said Mr. Su.
The candidates for Taiwan's 2024 presidential election are: the incumbent Vice President Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party; New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih of the Kuomintang (the Nationalist Party of China); Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People's Party; and the founder and CEO of the consumer electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, Terry Gou.
Taiwan Must Strengthen Its Military: Former Commanding General of Taiwan’s Air ForceChang Yan-ting, a retired deputy commanding general in Taiwan’s Air Force, said that the CCP has been pursuing a two-pronged approach.
According to Mr. Chang, the Chinese regime has used its army, on the one hand, to threaten Taiwan with “military reunification.”
Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry has been reporting regularly on the CCP’s military aircraft and vessels intruding into its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and Taiwan's territorial waters. The Ministry reported a total of 212 PLA (China’s People’s Liberation Army) aircraft and 117 PLAN (PLA Navy) vessels in the waters and airspace around Taiwan between Sept. 1 and Sept. 17, 2023.
On the other hand, however, Wang Huning, the CCP’s official in charge of Taiwan affairs, is simultaneously promoting a so-called peaceful reunification route.
"We must clearly understand the nature of the Communist Party," Mr. Chang said in his interview with The Epoch Times. "The CCP's methods and means will be adjusted, but its goals [of taking over Taiwan] will not change."
Mr. Chang called for greater efforts to strengthen Taiwan’s military force, including the creation of an air force reserve, in order to resist possible military invasion by the PLA.
Mr. Su Tzu-yun, director of the Institute for National Defense Security Research in Taiwan, also emphasized that Taiwanese people should be on their guard militarily and psychologically against the CCP's military coercion and UFW efforts—regardless of which tactics the CCP uses.
Incumbent Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen has rejected the CCP's claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.
Ms. Tsai noted that she is open to holding talks with China, but said she wouldn't accept the Chinese regime deciding the fate of the Taiwanese people.
Taiwan has its own constitution, democratically elected government, currency, and military—making it a de-facto independent country.
“No person or organization has the right to represent the Taiwanese people in carrying out political negotiations,” Ms. Tsai said.