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>> Free office space in Shanghai, subsidized housing, tax breaks, and in some cases, just over $30,000 cash. The main condition, beef from Taiwan. This Silicon Valley style incubator hosts a number of companies but the 40 Taiwanese projects get the most perks, and there are 50 other campuses just like it across China.
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Beijing views Taiwan as a renegade province, and it's never ruled out bringing the island back by force. As Reuters' Brenda Goh reports, China's startup centers are aiming for hearts and minds instead.>> This also comes as the Taiwanese economy is stuck in a situation where its youth are complaining of low wages, poor job prospects, and when you look at the mainland, where jobs often pay a lot higher and there's a bigger market than what Taiwan can offer them.
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So this has made it a lot easier for them to attract use across to the mainland.>> For China that demographic is crucial, young Taiwanese were the driving force behind an anti mainland sunflower movement in 2014. Experts say China now sees them as the biggest destructive force in ties with Taiwan.
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>> The Taiwanese youth showed that they were highly opposed to any talk of closer ties between Taiwan and Beijing. And there was a realization between Beijing that many of it's old policies towards Taiwan had benefited it's traditional industries but not the younger generation who We're now battling employment and low wages.
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>> Chinese officials say they want incubators to serve as a window into understanding the mainland. But it's unclear if the effort is having a broad impact on Taiwanese attitudes. Relations between the two sides have only gotten worse in recent months, with China stepping up military drills in the Taiwan Straight.