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[Cross-strait Express Comment No. 536]
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has recently held two consecutive press conferences. Compared with the hustle and bustle of the 2020 election campaign in Taiwan, not only has it been more quiet, but it is also more sincere and patient.
On the morning of December 25, Zhu Fenglian, the spokesperson of the State Council Taiwan Office, invited relevant leaders from various departments including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Education, Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the General Administration of Sports to answer the questions in detail. The "Several Measures on Further Promoting Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation" ("26 Measures") involved 13 measures to provide Taiwan compatriots with equal treatment.
At the press conference, authoritative media such as Xinhua News Agency and China Central Radio and TV Station paid close attention to Article 14 of the "26 Measures", that is, the provision that Taiwan compatriots can seek consular protection and assistance at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.
Yang Shu, Executive Deputy Director of the Consular Insurance Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, introduced the specific methods for seeking consular protection and assistance from embassies and consulates abroad, including dialing the 12308 hotline (Global Consular Protection and Service Emergency Hotline of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), downloading the "Diplomatic Department 12308 "mobile client (APP), and dialing the consular protection and assistance emergency call of our local embassy and consulate, through the" consul through train "WeChat mini program for help.
At the same time, Yang Shu appealed to Taiwan compatriots overseas to pay attention to the Chinese Consular Service Network and the "Consular Express" WeChat public account and Weibo, so that they can get the overseas security reminders and important consular information issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first time.
At the press conference, Yang Shu and Zhu Fenglian also shared with them the "three small things" about safeguarding the safety and legal rights of overseas Taiwan compatriots.
1.Rescue Taiwan fishing boat "NAHAM3" hijacked by Somali pirates
In March 2012, the Taiwanese fishing vessel "NAHAM3" was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Somali waters of Africa. At that time there were a total of 29 crew members on board, including 10 mainland compatriots, 2 Taiwan compatriots, and 17 foreign crew members. During the hijacking period, one Taiwan compatriot, one mainland compatriot, and one foreign crew member died unfortunately.
After unremitting efforts from various parties, in October 2016, that is, four and a half years later, all 26 surviving crew members were rescued and arrived in Kenya with the assistance of relevant UN agencies.
The Chinese government working group made a special trip to Kenya to make timely medical examinations and psychological comforts for the rescued compatriots. They accompanied the compatriots to return to their motherland and returned to their loved ones.
2. Overseas Taiwan compatriots were killed in Mexico, and the embassy fully assisted their families in the rehabilitation.
In January 2017, a Taiwan compatriot living in Mexico was shot dead in the local area, and his family members were very distressed. They sought help from my embassy in Mexico. The embassy immediately met with the local competent prosecutor and made representations on the case, asking the Mexican side to step up efforts to resolve the case as soon as possible. Two weeks later, the suspect was arrested.
In February this year, the case entered the trial stage of the court, and the embassy also met with the local attorney general, again expressing concern about the case, and sent someone to the court to watch.
In the past 3 years, the embassy has maintained close contact with family members, often visiting them for visits and visits, while listening to the family members' demands, introducing local laws and regulations and providing suggestions on request.
3. Overseas Taiwan compatriots' documents were stolen in Paris, and the embassy helped to process travel documents in a timely manner.
On December 3, Zhang Zhijun, chairman of the Maritime Association, encountered a Taiwan tour group during a trip to Paris, France, participating in the activities of the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee. During the conversation, Mr. Ge mentioned that he planned to leave Paris the next morning and return to Taiwan via Fuzhou. However, his documents such as Taiwan compatriots were stolen and he was very distressed. He was worried that it would affect the follow-up itinerary, and he hoped for help.
Zhang Zhijun immediately introduced to him the content of Article 14 of the "26 Measures" and helped him get in touch with our embassy in France. After verifying the relevant information, the staff of the consular department of the embassy applied for a travel document for Mr. Ge in time to help him return to Taiwan smoothly.
In 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign embassies and consulates handled more than 85,000 cases of consular protection assistance and handled nearly 12 million consular documents of various types. These "three small things" are only a small part of them, but behind each "small thing" is related to the vital interests of overseas Taiwan compatriots. This is a major responsibility.
Zhu Fenglian emphasized that the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, regardless of the horizon and the cape, would dial 12308 if there was any problem. She said in both Min Nan and Hakka, "There are problems abroad, and 12308 must be kept in mind." "For foreign affairs, call 12308 as soon as possible."
Taiwan is home and China is the country. For the majority of Taiwan compatriots, where there are problems and wherever they are, whether they apply for travel documents, document credential certification, or assist in the handling of foreign-related civil disputes and economic and criminal cases involving Taiwan, or when they encounter major emergencies such as earthquakes, floods, and evacuation Trouble, make a phone call, the relevant mainland authorities and embassies and consulates abroad are always online . (Text / offline)
[Responsible editor: Gao Xu]