Taiwan opens office for those fleeing Hong Kong after China’s new security law

TAIPEI: Taiwan opened an office on Wednesday to assist folks fleeing Hong Kong after China imposed new nationwide security legal guidelines within the metropolis, with a senior minister saying Taiwan hoped to grab the chance to draw professionals and capital from town.
The contentious law which took impact on Wednesday will goal crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces with as much as life in jail, heralding a extra authoritarian period for the Asian monetary hub.
The law has been broadly condemned in democratic and Chinese-claimed Taiwan. About 200 folks have already fled to the island from Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests started final 12 months, rights teams say.
Taiwan opened the office in downtown Taipei on the delicate anniversary of the return of Hong Kong, a former British colony, to Chinese rule in 1997.
It showcased the island’s willpower to assist Hong Kongers, mentioned Chen Ming-tong, the top of Taiwan’s China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council.
“This is an important milestone for the government to further support democracy and freedom in Hong Kong,” Chen mentioned on the opening.
Taiwan shares with the Hong Kong protesters a deep antipathy for Beijing, which has by no means renounced the usage of drive to convey the island underneath its management.
In May, President Tsai Ing-wen grew to become the primary authorities chief wherever to pledge measures to assist Hong Kong individuals who depart on account of what they see as tightening Chinese controls.
Chen warned Beijing goals to focus on folks in different nations with the law, which covers everlasting and non-permanent residents of Hong Kong. For particulars, please click on.
“This not only targets residents in Hong Kong. It’s also an order issued by the Celestial Empire to people all over the world,” he added, referring to the Chinese authorities.
The law created an “opportunity” to win expertise and capital from Hong Kong, Chen mentioned, though authorities would “strictly scrutinise” whether or not Chinese cash was concerned.
“We also welcome multinational companies to move their headquarters here,” he mentioned, including that Taiwan was reviewing its guidelines.
Beijing denies stifling Hong Kong’s freedoms and has condemned Taiwan’s plans to assist folks there.
On Tuesday, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office mentioned the new law would “cut off the black hand” of the island’s meddling in Hong Kong.
Chen declined to say how many individuals are anticipated, or the variety of purposes acquired. His deputy, Chiu Chui-Cheng, mentioned the new office could have about 24 employees with 20 enquiry hotlines, and officers have already acquired “many calls”.
Those who come to Taiwan should accomplish that legally, Chiu added.

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