Source: President Tsai Ing-wen Facebook page.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-gwen on Tuesday warned of “counter measures” should a sweeping security law China imposed on Hong Kong “damage” the island.

The new law has sent chills through self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize, by force if necessary.

Beijing has taken an especially hardline towards Taiwan ever since the 2016 election of Tsai because she regards the island as a de facto sovereign nation and not part of “one China.”

Taiwan’s government has condemned Beijing’s security law, which claims global jurisdiction and demands foreign and Taiwanese political organisations provide information on their Hong Kong-related activities or risk criminal penalty and fine.

“If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,” Tsai told reporters without elaborating.

She added Taiwan was “closely monitoring the execution of the national security law”.

Since 2016 Beijing has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure on the island.

Nonetheless Tsai won a landslide reelection in January and has remained a staunch critic of Beijing’s clampdown against Hong Kong protesters.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s top China policy body, on Tuesday warned Beijing and Hong Kong governments not to “violate the rights” of Taiwanese groups and institutions in the city.

“The Hong Kong side should ensure that our institutions in Hong Kong will not suffer from any political interferences,” it said in a statement.

Taiwan’s government has a trade and cultural office in Hong Kong handling unofficial ties.

But it has been devoid of a chief since mid-2018 as Hong Kong has yet to issue a visa amid worsening ties between Taipei and Beijing, as well as Taiwan’s support for the city’s pro-democracy movement.


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

WP town councillors highlight cleaners’ efforts in Aljunied GRC via sign-in sheets

In an effort to highlight the work of cleaners in the Aljunied…

Thais reject army-backed government, opposition to open coalition talks

Thai voters have shown a clear rejection of military-backed rule, supporting pro-democracy opposition parties in the election. The progressive Move Forward Party (MFP), aiming to reform strict royal insult laws, is set to be the largest party, potentially clashing with the royalist-military elite. However, concerns of interference and instability persist, as the final seat allocation is yet to be confirmed, and the junta-scripted constitution favors the military. The election reflects the influence of youth-led protests in 2020 demanding change and questioning the monarchy, with MFP gaining significant support.