Former vice-chairman of Taiwan’s Taiwan Alliance joined Taiwan’s Communist Party: appreciation of its pursuit of progress

Since Lu Longan, a native of Taiwan, took part in the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party as a party representative, Wang Yuqing, a doctoral student of Peking University’s Taiwan University, put forward his hope to join the Communist Party of China. In response, Wu Guozhen, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former vice chairperson of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League, said in an interview with the “Global Times” that he appreciated the young people’s desire and behavior to pursue progress, but at the same time he was worried that they had been suppressed by the Taiwan authorities.

Wu Guoxuan told the Global Times that young people in Taiwan want to enter the Chinese Communist Party or come to the mainland to seek political development. However, they also have to be psychologically prepared for objective reality, “aware of the immense risks”, and “from Taiwan’s laws and realities. In fact, not only may the household registration be cancelled, they may be fined, and in serious cases they may be caught and jailed.” The member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the mainland in 1977, said that Taiwanese friends are “too optimistic” about the island’s so-called freedom and diversity. “I told them that the Taiwan authorities may have democracy and freedom for others. But people who are politically oriented like me will not be democratic and free. You must not think that the island is peaceful.”

Wu Guoxuan also mentioned that apart from the attitude of the Taiwan authorities, the mainland also has the reality of the mainland. From the policy point of view, whether it is joining the Communist Party or being a civil servant, the primary condition is to have a household registration on the mainland. He said: “There have been several young people in Taiwan who have come to me and said that they want to join the Taiwan alliance. I will tell them that the Taiwan alliance is required to have a household registration on the mainland. If you do not have a household registration in Taiwan, will you be able to return to Taiwan smoothly? When I came to the mainland, I was already determined not to return to Taiwan for the rest of my life. Now that you have fully prepared for these problems, there are still so many demands for joining the Taiwan Alliance, and joining the party will certainly face more tests.” In addition, Wu Guomin also reminded Taiwanese young people not to have utilitarianism in joining the party, but rather determined their own political pursuits and beliefs. “If you really have made up your mind, then you must do four words: no regrets”.