Taiwan authorities to determine fate of website registered for Chinese propaganda

The website is found to promote Beijing’s incentive measures for Taiwanese people

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Screenshot of www.31t.tw

Screenshot of www.31t.tw

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s telecommunication regulator will take action to address the issue surrounding a website registered in Taiwan to further China’s propaganda purpose, at the request of national security authorities, reports said Wednesday.

The website in question, www.31t.tw, is dedicated to the dissemination of information regarding the “31 Incentives,” a program launched by China last February seeking to lure Taiwanese to work or study in the country.

As the website’s content apparently bears much similarity to that of a newly-released mobile phone app developed by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China, it has raised fears that Beijing is taking advantage of democracy of Taiwan to use the website as a propaganda tool, wrote Liberty Times.

Lawmakers have voiced concern the operation of the website could jeopardize Taiwan’s national security, and urged the government to shut it down. The National Communications Commission (NCC) in response noted that it will cooperate with the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to tackle the issue and adopt necessary measures, said NCC spokesperson Wong Po-tsung (翁柏宗).

On Tuesday, the website's front page was found to cover a proposal submitted during China’s national legislative sessions that calls for stepped-up unification efforts targeting the central and southern parts of Taiwan as well as the island’s agriculture sector, wrote the report.