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Taiwan investigates woman over registration for China’s 19th Communist Congress

Other 'Taiwanese' congress delegates are China-born children of former Taiwanese citizens

Lu Li-an (photo from Shanghai Taiwan Compatriots Friendship Association website).

Lu Li-an (photo from Shanghai Taiwan Compatriots Friendship Association website).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government is investigating whether a woman from Kaohsiung is breaking any laws by registering to attend the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress later this month, reports said Thursday.

Nine other people have also been selected as “representatives of Taiwan,” but they are China-born children of people who left Taiwan. Lu Li-an (盧麗安), 49, was born in Kaohsiung and moved to Shanghai in 1997, where she is serving as the deputy head of the foreign languages department of Fudan University, reports said.

Lu graduated from the English language department at National Chengchi University in Taipei in 1990, and continued her studies in Edinburgh and Glasgow, where she obtained a Ph.D. in 1999, according to a report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times.

She moved to Shanghai in 1997 with her husband, who also teaches at Fudan, reports said.

According to Taiwanese laws, Taiwanese citizens can not involve themselves in activities and groups in China related to the Communist Party, government administration, politics and military.

Lu has been chairing the Shanghai Taiwan Compatriots Friendship Association (上海台聯) since 2013, reports said.

The Mainland Affairs Council (陸委會) first investigated her, but came to the conclusion that she had already applied for and received a Chinese passport, reports said Thursday afternoon. The Ministry of Interior’s National Immigration Agency was still looking to ascertain whether she had officially given up her Taiwanese citizenship.

Updated : 2022-05-17 16:23 GMT+08:00