That’s interesting and a bit surprising to me. So basically they are saying whatever standards or conditions Taiwan puts on immigration are good enough to be a Chinese citizen in their eyes.[/quote]
It makes sense when you think about it. Since, in their eyes, there is only one China, anyone who is considered a national of China by any part of China (including Taiwan) and also has residency rights to any part of China (again, including Taiwan) must be considered as a full Chinese citizen.
Again, race doesn’t come into play here. Remember that the PRC has naturalized people like Sidney Shapiro before. Also, one of the official ethnic minorities of the PRC is “Russian”.
Hmmmm…so I wonder if the Taiwan gov’t’s reluctance to allow dual citizenship has anything to do with pressure from China. I’m sure China wouldn’t be too thrilled with a sudden in-flow of foreigners getting what, in essence, amounts to dual citizenship in their country because Taiwan decides to change their stance on it.[/quote]
I’d be surprised if this is the case. For one thing, although the PRC considers them as nationals of the PRC, Taibaozheng holders are treated a lot like foreigners in many aspects. (Actually, even Hong Kongers/Macanese are treated this way. Now, things might be different if a Taibaozheng holder manages to apply for and get a PRC passport, PRC ID card, and PRC hukou, though, but that seems to be pretty rare.) The PRC does practice immigration control against Taiwan (as Taiwan does to the PRC), so a change in dual nationality stance by Taiwan would hardly open the floodgates to the PRC.
For another, dual nationality is already tolerated for Taibaozheng holders (though not recognized - that is, the foreign nationality is ignored/pretends that it doesn’t exist). Foreigners from countries that let them resume their nationality (e.g. the UK) can naturalize as ROC citizens, then resume their former nationality and be dual nationality holders. There’s no evidence that these people have a significantly harder time getting into China than any other Taibaozheng holder.
There has been discussion on these boards before since there were a number of whities on teh same boat, with Hong Kong passports and IDs when the handover happened. It is unclear to me how that was handled as they would have effectively become, as you say, nationals of the PRC, technically speaking.[/quote]
The situation in pre-handover Hong Kong and Taiwan are not really the same. Before the handover, the authorities in Hong Kong were British and handed out British nationality (or some version of it) and British passports (or some version of it). True Chinese citizens from the PRC didn’t get passports, they only got Certificates of Identity (that is, a passport-like travel document for aliens). If they wanted a real passport, they had to naturalize as Hong Kong British (although doing so didn’t give them any rights in the UK itself). This is different from Taiwan, which gives out Republic of China passports to those who have become naturalized Republic of China citizens.
Anyone who was ethnic Chinese (even partly) and born in Hong Kong or other parts of China at the handover was a PRC national, but non-Chinese weren’t. They had full residency rights (which came with the right to vote), but weren’t PRC nationals and weren’t eligible for HKSAR passports. Of course, some of the latter group applied for and were granted naturalization under the Nationality law of the PRC and thus became PRC nationals - but this was only possible post-handover.