台商天安门剖腹 吁马英九认清中共统战 [Taiwan Businessman Survives
Suicide, Tells of Being Defrauded in China]
Taiwan Businessman Survives Suicide, Tells of Being Defrauded in China
Urges Taiwan’s president not to let more businessmen fall victim to
lawlessness across the straits
TAIPEI—On Sept. 5 in Taipei a Taiwanese businessman told of a 14-year-long
struggle involving deception, betrayal, despair, and attempted suicides. He is
seeking to convince his government not to lure other Taiwan businesses into
making the same mistake he did: investing in
a business in mainland China.
At a press conference, Shen Bo-sheng recounted how in 1992 the
Department of Agriculture and Forestry of the
city of Tianjin, China, had deceived him into investing in China, an investment
that he would lose completely. He told his story as part of an effort to oppose
a proposed new law that Taiwan’s government says would provide protection to
Taiwanese doingbusiness in China.
Shen ponied up $US752,500 and formed a
joint venture, the Tianjin Lawrance Decorations and Material Co. LTD
(http://www.bloodtears.idv.tw/3.jpg), with the Shuanglin Company in Tianjin.
Soon after that, in response to his new partners’ request, he put in an
additional 1 million yuan (US$157,000) as working capital.
however, was never allowed to review the accounts, and in 1994 the Chinese side took over the position of general
manager. In 1998, Tianjin Lawrance claimed to be insolvent and filed for bankruptcy.
Shen then learned from Tianjin
Lawrance employees that the Shuanglin Company had never actually invested
any money in the joint venture.
efforts Shen made at obtaining legal relief—through the government of Tianjin,
the Procuratorate of Tianjin, and the High court of Tianjin—were blocked.
Shen said that an official with the Tianjin branch of the Taiwan
Affairs—the Chinese state agency that helps coordinate trade with Taiwan— even
proposed to find a Tianjin girl for him, trying to bribe him into silence.
Desperate, and with no resort left, he attempted suicide three times in
In his third attempt, he cut his abdomen and his main
artery, losing three quarts of blood. He nearly died. Shen displayed the
12-inch-long cut on his stomach at the news conference.
their family members on Sept. 9 in Taipei. They also submitted appeal letters to
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and to President Ma Ying-jeou. (Luo
Yutang/Epoch Times Staff)
He has been threatened multiple times by
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, who have told him that his case would
not be processed if he spoke out, Shen said.
The 1994 Chinese law
“Protection of Investments by Compatriots from Taiwan” deceived many Taiwanese
into investing in China, Shen said, and the 1999 “Rules for Implementation of
the Law on the Protection of Investments by Compatriots from Taiwan” lured even
more Taiwanese businesses into the very same trap
The proposed “The
Cross-Strait Investment Protection Agreement” is aimed at big Taiwanese
If Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou signs that law, Shen
said, it is likely to deceive more Taiwanese businesses into investing mainland
“President Ma should open his eyes. The CCP is using its
United-Front strategy to trick the Taiwan businessmen into investing in China.
No real protection for the investor exists there,” Shen said.
signs the new law, Shen said, Ma should insist that China process the cases of
those victimized in the past.
The problem of businessmen being defrauded
in China is not limited to Taiwanese businessmen. Shen called attention to the
many cases ofChinese businessmen who have been victimized in a similar fashion.
“Can their government protect their own people’s legal rights?” Shen
asked. “If they can’t, how can they protect the legal rights of
Local officials in China, Shen said, can victimize an
investor by taking his assets and threatening him with death. He asked,“Have any
of these officials ever been punished?”
Mr. Huang Kun-huei, the Chairman
of Taiwan Solidarity Union, and William Kao, the President of Victims of
Investment in China Association (VICA), attended the news conference.
William Kao said that every year there are two thousand incidents
similar to Shen’s case involving Taiwanese businessmen.
“Every case is
stained with blood. There are several tens of thousands of cases of Taiwanese
businessman being defrauded in the past 20 years, it is just that many of them
finally chose to give up pursuing the legal option,” Kao said.
urged President Ma to be “clear-headed.”
“Don’t have any illusions about
the CCP,” Huang said. “Before signing the agreement, the CCP should display
sincerity by resolving the cases of victimized Taiwanese businessmen, who should
have been involved in negotiating past trade agreements. Otherwise, it will not
serve any purpose—regardless of how many agreements they sign.”
urged Ma to “not be an accomplice to the CCP’s robbing Taiwanese
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