A Chinese paper had an article on a new 22,000-strong political party founded by Chinese brides. Ever heard of it?
Lu, 48, is the chairperson of the Chinese Production Party (中华生产党), which she founded in 2010 to fight for the rights of mainland-Chinese immigrants in Taiwan. The party, which has more than 22,000 members, has become an essential player in Taiwan's political landscape.The article describes how she supports the KMT. Interesting how this Chinese paper presents Taiwan democracy as total normal -- you can even found your own political party, even if you are an immigrant. More ominously, it also gives a glimpse of how the Chinese themselves see the Chinese bride population, as a sort of potential fifth column.
"I want mainland brides to have an impact on Taiwan's political parties and facilitate cross-Strait peace and exchanges. Taiwan has 340,000 mainland spouses. That means 340,000 households, and out of those more than 200,000 have got Taiwan ID cards," says Lu. "This gives us a huge political power."
UPDATE: TT ran a story a few days later.
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