Mainland spouses should have the same four-year waiting time of applying for permanent residency in Taiwan, just as other "foreign" partners do in the region, announced the Kuomintang (KMT) spokesperson Zhou Zhiwei on June 15, Taiwan-based Central News Agency reports.
The announcement was made the same day after dozens of mainland spouses protested against the extended time requirement of six years on them outside of the offices of the region's legislative body.
As of this April, mainland spouses in Taiwan have reached 331,899, accounting for two thirds of "foreign" partners living in the region, Zhou revealed.
The authorities should have paid more attention and given more care to the huge group, Zhou believes, but the existing law sets more rigorous standard on them compared with other "foreign" spouses. That's unreasonable, he added.
Such differentiated requirements and treatments are undoubtedly discriminative acts against equality, stated the official.
He hoped the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) will have confidence in democracy in Taiwan, opening their heart and embracing the "new residents."
An Fengshan, spokesperson of the mainland Taiwan Affairs Office, also urged the Taiwan authorities to amend the discriminatory regulation and heed the voices of mainland spouses.
"It won't be supported by the people to ignore the rights of these cross-Straits families and keep standing in the way for political purposes," he commented.
(Source: Global Times/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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