Five people imprisoned for helping China interfere in Taiwan’s presidential election


Five Taiwanese businessmen working in China were convicted in the 2020 Taiwan presidential election of receiving money from Chinese authorities to buy votes for Beijing supporters.

On January 17, the Taipei District Court will use Chinese government funds to return to Taiwanese citizens living abroad and vote for Han Kuo-yu, a candidate for the Kuomintang (KMT), in the January 2020 presidential election. Five businesses have been charged with urging them to do so. ..

KMT is Taiwan’s largest opposition known for its friendly attitude to China. However, despite Beijing’s efforts to interfere with Taiwan’s democratic elections, Han lost his bid to significantly dismiss President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Among those convicted, Lin Hoai, chairman of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, China, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and for four years for violating election and recall laws. I was deprived of my citizenship. According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) I will quote the court’s decision.

The other four were sentenced to 20 months in prison and two years of deprivation of citizenship.

The other four convicted are Chen Min-Sia, Chairman of the New Family Association of China, Chang Kuo-Chun, Director of the Shaoyang City Association of Hunan Province, Taiwan, Hengyang-based businessman Chuan Hwang-Chan, and the China Women’s Federation. It was Deputy Secretary Shenbin. According to the Taipei Times, they were operating in Hunan Province, China.

Citing the prosecutor, Lin and four others will host a year-end event at the Changsha Hotel on December 11, 2019, with Hunan-based Taiwanese in the 2020 presidential election, according to the CNA. And encouraged him to return to Taiwan to vote in the legislative elections. Provide them with food and accommodation.

Lin and other defendants held rallies, banquets, and raffles to convince Chinese-based Taiwanese businessmen and students to vote for Han, a Pro-Beijing KMT presidential candidate. They have also developed a special program that offers airfares of approximately $ 244 per person to help Taiwanese citizens based in China return home before the election day of January 11, 2020. I found out in the investigation.

Lee Yuanhua, a former professor at Beijing’s Capital Ordinary University, told The Epoch Times that the Chinese Communist Party (KMT) in Taiwan was initially an anti-Communist Party before infiltrating the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“The Chinese Communist Party has always infiltrated and tried to influence Taiwan. It never stopped. [The CCP] We have dedicated funds for that purpose. The case of Lynn Hoai is a great example, “Lee said.

It has been confirmed that at least 200 Taiwanese have used this offer, and more have applied for money. Therefore, Lin and the defendant were charged with buying votes in violation of the presidential and vice president’s election and recall laws, the ruling said.

by Taipei TimesFunding to fund the voting purchase scheme came from Changsha City authorities and the local Taiwan Secretariat. Chinese city officials quoted the survey and allocated about $ 550,000 to help Taiwanese return and vote, while Lin and others applied for and received about $ 235,000. ..

Penetration of CCP in Taiwanese politics

On May 8, 2020, the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office charged a total of seven individuals for violating election and recall laws. Two of them were acquitted because of insufficient evidence.

Tung Chien-hua, vice chairman of Changsha’s Taiwan Business Association, and Ho Jianhua, head of the Taipei-based Women’s Federation, have been acquitted. However, the prosecution said the decision could still be appealed.

In particular, Ho Jianghwa, one of the two acquitted, was a Chinese-born citizen who married Taiwan and later acquired Taiwanese citizenship. She is a member of the Unionist Party of China and is also known as the Unionist Party. This is the Taiwan branch of the CCP-supporting party advocating the unification of China with a democratic island of autonomy. The party was also known for threatening Hong Kong’s democratization supporters and Taiwan’s Taiwan independence supporters, and in the background of its members’ triads.

CNA reports that Ho has earned enough money since joining a CCP-backed organization without the need for legitimate employment income. She is also a candidate for Congress to run for the Unionist Party. If elected, her role in Taiwan will be similar to that of a US senator.

After learning about the decisions of five Taiwanese businessmen in Beijing, Han said he was unaware of the case and that the campaign headquarters had not received funding from the case organizer. CNA..

Taiwan’s firm attitude towards China

Han Kuoyu or Daniel Han was a former Major of Kaohsiung, a port city in southern Taiwan, and his position was similar to that of the Governor of the United States. However, Han was also the first mayor to be displaced during his first term in Taiwan. Mr Han insulted the investigation and did not achieve it even in the middle of his first term before facing the recall.

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Han Kuoyu (center) bows at a press conference after the national dismissal election held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on June 6, 2020. (Central news agency)

On June 6, 2020, voters in Kaohsiung overwhelmingly voted to dismiss Han just months after losing the president’s bid for President Tsai Ing-wen. The recall turnout was 42%, the highest in Taiwan’s recall history, and was supported by all votes except the 2.6% turnout.

Han, the largest opposition party, claims Taiwan as a territory, but has campaigned for the president on a platform to build close ties with a Chinese government that has never ruled it. Han’s pro-Chinese stance and his resignation from the mayoral position to run for president have greatly upset Kaohsiung’s residents.

The recall, with an astonishing turnout, reflected Taiwan’s firm attitude toward China and rejected the government’s strengthened efforts to bring Taiwan under control.

On December 31, 2019, the Taiwanese legislature passed the Anti-Infiltration Act, a law that regulates the impact of entities considered hostile foreign forces on Taiwan’s political processes, including elections and referendums. The law aimed to further limit Beijing’s tactics to destroy Taiwan’s democracy. However, the illegal activity of Lin Hoai and other defendants occurred shortly before the new law was promulgated. They were able to avoid punishments and punishments that could be more severe.

Kathleen Lee

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Kathleen Lee has been contributing to The Epoch Times since 2009, focusing on topics related to China. She is an engineer and chartered in Australian Civil and Structural Engineering.

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