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Chinese professionals not allowed to work in Taiwan after ECFA: MOEA

Chinese professionals not allowed to work in Taiwan after ECFA: MOEA

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taiwan will not allow Chinese white-collar workers to work in Taiwan, even after signing a proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China, the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Tuesday.
The Liberty Times newspaper carried a report that day saying that the government is "opening a back door" by revising regulations to allow Chinese white-collar workers to work to Taiwan, and said the ECFA will deal a blow to 3.21 million Taiwanese white-collar workers.
However, Huang Chih-peng, director-general of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, rebutted the newspaper report at a press conference, saying that Taiwan will never allow Chinese workers or professionals -- including lawyers, accountants, engineers and doctors -- to work in Taiwan.
Huang said that although some Chinese company leaders, senior managers or experts in over 20 service industries will still be allowed to work in Taiwan, the number of categories in the group will not be large.
Among those service sector businesses, only Chinese companies with an investment or operation capital of over US$200,000 in their Taiwan branch or subsidiary can apply for two people to work in Taiwan, and every increase of US$500,000 in investment allows them to apply for one more person, with the maximum number allowed for one company set at seven, Huang explained, citing regulations revised in January.
Allowing those people to work here will provide added value, as they might create more investment and production value, as well as job opportunities for Taiwanese people, said Huang, who was also Taiwan's chief negotiator in the second round of cross-Taiwan Strait ECFA negotiations that ended the previous week.
In a separate news release, the bureau pointed out that most foreign companies operating in Taiwan assign few senior managers to work here and that most of their workers are employed locally.
The Liberty Times cited the regulations published earlier by the Ministry of Interior that stipulate that Chinese people working in multinational companies in Taiwan will be allowed to extend their stays in Taiwan from one year to three years.
In addition, any Chinese company operating in Taiwan with revenue of NT$10 million or more, or a newly established Chinese company's Taiwan branch with operating capital of NT$5 million or more, will become eligible to invite up to 400 Chinese people a year to Taiwan for business purposes if the company's annual revenues reach NT$100 million, the newspaper reported.
According to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, the regulations were revised to loosen restrictions for Chinese white-collar workers working in Taiwan.
Huang pointed out, however, that those regulations are mostly applied to Chinese businessmen visiting Taiwan for short term study, observation, training or trade fairs, which does not affect Taiwan's job market.
(By Lee Ming-chung, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2020-12-04 04:26 GMT+08:00