The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) on Monday called on China to abide by its laws to protect the interests of Taiwanese businesses based there.
The comments came after a Taiwanese seafood restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang (???) was fined in China for mislabeling items such fish balls that are produced at its food factory in Chengdu.
Hai Pa Wang has been labeled as a pro-Taiwan independence enterprise since its investors are perceived to have close ties to President Tsai Ing-wen (???).
The fine against the restaurant chain was a political move by China that signaled little tolerance for investors that support the idea of Taiwan independence, according to Chinese media reports.
"The DPP is not pleased to see the disruption of Taiwanese investors' businesses in China for purely political reasons," the party said in statement. "It is not right for them to be given political labels."
Last Friday, Zhang Zhijun (???), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said that his country continues to welcome investments from Taiwan companies but not those that support the idea of Taiwan independence.
China will continue to welcome investors from Taiwan but will not accommodate those that support the concept of independence for Taiwan, he said at a meeting with about 230 Taiwanese investors in Beijing.
"China will not allow those Taiwan investors that advocate Taiwan independence to make money here," he said.
Commenting specifically on the Hai Pa Wang matter, Zhang said that as far as he was aware, the company had been fined for violations of China's food safety regulations.
He said that since the DPP came to power, Beijing has not changed its one-China policy, which holds that Taiwan is part of China, and has maintained the "1992 consensus" as the foundation of exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Cross strait ties have deteriorated as a result of the DPP government's refusal to recognize the "1992 consensus," Zhang said, referring to a tacit agreement that was reached in 1992 between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait that there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret what that means.
On Monday, DPP spokesman Yang Chia-liang (???) said China's oppression of Taiwan investors who hold different political views from Chinese authorities will discourage Taiwanese firms' from investing in mainland China and will hurt the feelings of the Taiwan people.
"It will also hurt the peaceful development of cross strait relations and affect China's economic status in the world market," Yang said.
Hai Pa Wang also issued a statement Monday, saying that its only connection to Tsai was its rental of a property in downtown Taipei that belongs to her family and that the family did not have shares in the restaurant chain.
"Hai Pa Wang has never been involved in any political activity in Taiwan," the statement read.
Premier Lin Chuan (??) said that China should respect the freedom of speech of Taiwanese investors operating there and their right to different political stances.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel