In April, 60-year-old businessman Liao Jinzhang ended the business that he ran for 20 years in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China and went back to Taiwan. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the Shanghaiin lockdown in March. After more than 20 years, he finally realized the nature of the CCP.
Liao Jinzhang said, “We never believed that there would be a power shortage in China, because China’s power supply is managed by the Li Peng family. But last year, power outages started to happen, the power was cut off for three to four days a week. How can a factory survive? During the first half of this year, the entire city of Shanghai was locked down. We just lost count of the number of ships and shipments failing to get in and out of the city. The whole Chinese economy will be frozen this way.”
According to a report by Voice of America (VOA), Liao came to the mainland in 1995. At that time, he could hire 50 workers in China for the same price as one worker in Taiwan. He said that his competitors planned to come to China to build their factories, which forced him to move his business to China so that he could stay competitive.
At that time, all the raw materials in China were purchased in Taiwan, even a screw had to be shipped from Taiwan. Liao encountered zero difficulties establishing his factory on the mainland. He produced leather shoes, soccer balls, and chemicals.
By the end of 2020, there were at least 1 million Taiwanese living on the mainland. The Taiwan Investment Association in Dongguan, Guangdong Province used to have more than 3,000 member companies and was the largest Taiwanese business association in the world.
When asked if he regrets coming to the mainland, Liao said he dreadfully regrets it. He added, “The biggest loss is my youth and the little amount of money that I brought with me to set up the factory at that time.” Over the past five or six years, Liao’s business has faced more and more difficulties. He used to make 22 yuan ($3.09) for a box of products in the first few years but that price has dropped to 6.5 yuan ($0.91) this year.
Liao said that no one dared to order in China, firstly, due to risks in the industry; second, the systematic risk caused by CCP; thirdly, there is “a person who intentionally creates risk.” He added that Xi orders a lockdown one day and the next cuts off you electricity. Liao said that now he understands the nature of the CCP, and knows how the system harms people. What this regime cares about is its own survival and it doesn’t care one bit about the people.
During his last few years on the mainland, Liao began to share information in several WeChat groups, and as a result, he was repeatedly “invited” to the police station. Liao said, “I can’t bear to see the CCP oppressing people like this. … Why are they deceiving people like this? In China, everyone is insecure because there is no social security, even if you are rich, you cannot do what you want. People in a truly democratic country do not understand the deep sadness of the people in an authoritarian state.”
After returning to Taiwan, Liao set up Twitter and YouTube channels, hoping to be able to share his political ideas with more people. He was threatened a lot, but he said, “I was never afraid of you when I was in China, I don’t need to be afraid of you when I am in Taiwan! I have been through more than half of my life, I have come to this stage when I need to do something meaningful.”