It seemed innocuous enough: a conference commemorating Sun Yat-sen’s 150th anniversary. But look at the sponsors from the Chinese side and things become a little more interesting
The Foundation for the Development of the Chinese Nation (中華民族發展基金會), a non-profit registered in Taiwan on May 12, has recently drawn the attention of legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who fear it could act as a “shadow” Straits Exchange Foundation to undermine President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) cross-Strait policies.
With approximately NT$30 million (US$958,000) in declared assets, the Foundation is chaired by former SEF chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) and has also recruited a number of officials who served during the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration, including former SEF adviser Chu Ou (朱甌), former SEF vice chairman Chou Ji-shiang (周繼祥) and former minister without portfolio Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇).
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