A Taiwanese woman shows off her new mainland residence permit (left). Photo: Xinhua

Is Beijing’s offer of residence permits to Taiwanese a trick or treat?

More than 22,000 mainland-based Taiwanese have already obtained the cards but critics say they are being duped

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A Taiwanese woman shows off her new mainland residence permit (left). Photo: Xinhua
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.