TAIPEI, NNC - A Taiwanese government agency responsible for policy with China said that Taiwan should provide knowledge to its young generation of risks posed by China, where there is no freedom or democracy on Friday (3/23/2018).
Amid the worsening political ties between Beijing and Taipei, China has stepped up its efforts to win Taiwan's key demographics or younger generations such as offering incentives to establish business in China.
China claims Taiwan as its sovereign territory and regards people from the self-governing island as Chinese citizens.
In a statement issued after a meeting to discuss a recent parliamentary session concluded in China, the Taiwanese Mainland Affairs Council said the government should make efforts to fight against China that seeks to attract personal talents, such as students and teachers.
"Some board members say that young people in Taiwan have great feelings for democracy and freedom, in contrast to the environment in mainland China that has no such feelings," he said.
"The government can strengthen and showcase Taiwan's superiority, and help young people understand the risks that may occur." The Taiwanese government is currently moving into power with the help of the Sunflower Movement encouraged by youths protesting the trade pact with China, something Taiwanese authorities say attracts Chinese attention and why China is now focusing on Taiwan's youth.
Taiwan is one of the most sensitive issues in China, and hostility of both has escalated since Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Progressive Democratic Party won the presidency in 2016.
China is concerned that he wants to encourage formal independence, although Tsai says he wants to maintain the status quo and peace.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday warned that Taiwan would face "historical punishment" for any separatist efforts made, a strong warning to the island.
China is also angered by the new United States law that encourages contact and exchange between US and Taiwan officials even though they have no formal ties.
The US commitment to Taiwan has never been stronger and the island is an inspiration to other Indo-Pacific regions, a senior US diplomat in Taipei said this week.
The Mainland Affairs Council said it had noted that Chinese officials have used the term "severe" recently to refer to relations in the Taiwan Strait.
"The development of future relationships in the Taiwan Strait is still challenging, and it is not easy to head in a positive direction," he added, as quoted by Antara.