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Three indicted for ‘united front’ work

Three people connected with China-funded organizations, including Chou Ke-chi (周克琦) who heads the Gong He Party (共和黨), were indicted yesterday for contravening the Anti-Infiltration Act (反滲透法).

Along with Chou, who also heads the pro-China agitation group 333 Political Alliance (333政黨聯盟), Pan Jindong (潘進東) and Chu Chun-yuan (朱俊源), board members of the Taipei Puxian Association (莆仙同鄉會), were also indicted. Puxian is another name for Putian, a city in China’s Fujian Province.

The three are the first people Taipei prosecutors have charged for contravening the Anti-Infiltration Act since it was passed by the legislature in 2020 to counter the influence of foreign hostile forces seeking to meddle in Taiwan’s elections.

Gong He Party chairman Chou Ko-chi, center, is escorted by Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau officials in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Tsung Chang-chin, Taipei Times

Prosecutors said that an investigation found that Chou had received money from China to pay for him to organize activities against Taiwanese independence groups, denounce efforts to improve Taiwan-US relations and carry out targeted protests against the US National Endowment for Democracy during the World Movement for Democracy’s Global Assembly in Taipei in October last year.

Money from China also allegedly helped to fund the Gong He Party’s candidates for Taipei mayor and city councilor offices in the nine-in-one elections in November last year, prosecutors said.

Pan and Chu allegedly made frequent trips to China, including Putian, to channel money to Chou, prosecutors said.

Taipei Puxian Association chairman Chu Chun-yuan is pictured at the Taipei District Court in an undated photograph.

Photo: Tsung Chang-chin, Taipei Times

The indictment said that Pan was born in China’s Fujian Province and immigrated to Taiwan in 2002 with family, later becoming a Taiwanese citizen.

In China, government officials allegedly invited Pan to serve as deputy director of the Putian Porcelain Arts Museum, which is funded and controlled by the city’s Taiwan Affairs Office, prosecutors said.

The office focuses on “united front” activities targeting Taiwanese businesspeople and students, and also allegedly provides money to conduct pro-China propaganda campaigns in Taiwan, they said.

Pan and Chu allegedly were charged with carrying out “united front” activities and fielding pro-China candidates for elected office, they said.

The pair allegedly provided Chou with NT$220,000 last year, which contravenes laws on registered political parties receiving funds from foreign sources, prosecutors said.

Chou allegedly used the money to make flags and print pamphlets for the Gong He Party, as well as to organize rallies to espouse Chinese political propaganda, they said.

He also allegedly used the money for campaigning for the party’s Taipei mayoral candidate, Tang hsin-min (唐新民), and those running for city councilor seats, they said.

Tang received 316 votes, or 0.02 percent, in the election, while the party’s councilor candidates received a combined 67 votes, data from the Central Election Commission showed.

Chou and Pan allegedly organized a protest outside the World Movement for Democracy’s Global Assembly last year, paying 65 people NT$200 to NT$250 to attend the demonstration, along with other expenses, prosecutors said.

Chou, Pan and Chu also allegedly collaborated to record and compile videos and briefs on their campaigns and protest activities, sending them to their Chinese handlers through WeChat, they said.


Source: Taipei Times - 2023/08/10



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Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2023 05:14 )  

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