Taiwan’s government is monitoring seven Taiwanese researchers who are now employed under China’s Thousand Talent Program. The seven in question have all formerly conducted research with funding from Taiwan’s tech ministry.
China’s Thousand Talent Program recruits top overseas talent across a variety of fields. The concern is that the seven researchers from Taiwan could divulge sensitive information to China.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Hsu Yu-chin, says that of the seven, two have already left for China. The other five are continuing to work in Taiwan. Hsu says his ministry has already submitted the names of the seven researchers to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), which will monitor the situation.
The MAC is the top government body charting Taiwan’s China policy in the absence of official ties.
Hsu says there are safeguards on research produced with ministry funding. Researchers must get approval before disclosing the contents to outside parties. Failure to do so could result in a fine.