Hong Kong Security Law Shows Failure of ‘One Country, Two Systems’: Taiwan

Sandra Loyd

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen stated Beijing had actually stopped working Hong Kong with the imposition on Tuesday of a sweeping national security law on the city prohibiting a multitude of offenses targeting anybody who challenges the judgment Communist Party’s ideological and political supremacy.

” I feel exceptionally dissatisfied [over the law’s passage], which suggests China did not keep its pledge to Hong Kong,” Tsai informed reporters as the law was added to Hong Kong’s statute book, bypassing the city’s Legal Council (LegCo).

Tsai stated the law had actually put an end to Beijing’s “one country, two systems” design, under which it saw the return of Hong Kong and Macau to Chinese guideline in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has actually gotten in touch with Taiwan, which has actually never ever been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, nor formed part of the People’s Republic, to “unify” with China under the very same strategy as Hong Kong and Macau.

However Tsai stated the heavy-handed brand-new law that took impact at 11.00 p.m. on June 30, one hour prior to the anniversary of the handover on July 1, showed that the principle was “not feasible” for Taiwan.

Tsai, whose federal government has actually established an unique company charged with relieving the course of Hongkongers getting away to the democratic island, stated she hoped individuals of Hong Kong would continue to combat to preserve their flexibilities, democracy, and human rights after the law is executed.

However she likewise restated Taiwan’s promise of aid to Hongkongers in the kind of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Solutions and Exchanges Office, which will start operations Wednesday to offer one-stop services to Hong Kongers who want to study, do business, make financial investments, or look for asylum on the island.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), an executive company charged with handling relations with China, likewise slammed the brand-new law, stating it would seriously impact the city’s flexibilities and human rights securities.

“Since the Chinese Communist Party announced the national security law for Hong Kong, people from all walks of life in the city have been worrying about what crimes they could be accused of in future,” MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng stated.

“What’s more, the Chinese Communist Party has set up a national security agency in Hong Kong … bringing more fear and suppression to the people of Hong Kong,” he stated.

Worst-case circumstance

Lin Feifan, deputy secretary basic of the judgment Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), stated: “In action to the crisis in Hong Kong, we need to make the very best preparations for the worst-case circumstance and offer [its people] our greatest assistance.”

In the capital, Taipei, city authorities have actually established a fast- track service assisting Hongkongers discover research study and job opportunity in the city.

Deputy mayor Tsai Ping-kun stated the city had actually been extending an assisting hand to people getting away arrest in Hong Kong because September 2019.

” We have actually been doing this the whole time because last September … now we are additional incorporating our [resources and services] with a single point of contact, a devoted helpline and location,” Tsai stated.

“We don’t have a new office, but there is integration of existing resources.”

Former Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kei, who ran away to Taiwan fearing arrest by Chinese state security authorities, stated he is partnering with other banished activists to offer aid and details to Hongkongers wishing to leave their city.

“[They] are establishing a platform to use help and details to Hongkongers,” Lam stated. “Sometimes they might go to the wrong place, or even get targeted by fraudsters. That does happen.”

“We want to put them in touch with reliable friends or organizations that are going to help them,” he stated.

Reported by Hwang Chun-mei for RFA’s Mandarin Service, and by Chung Kuang-cheng for the Cantonese Service. Equated and modified by Luisetta Mudie.

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