President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that the government will provide necessary assistance to Hong Kong people in Taiwan based on humanitarian considerations as anti-government protests have continued for months in the former British colony and the situation shows no sign of dying down.
Tsai made the remarks after hearing briefings by relevant government agencies at the National Security Council on the latest development in Hong Kong as the anti-extradition law protests there have morphed into an anti-government movement.
Tsai called on Beijing to keep its promise to uphold Hong Kong’s autonomy and should not take Taiwan’s and other country’s concerns over Hong Kong protesters as an excuse for alleged intervention by foreign forces.
She also said the Hong Kong government should avoid using excessive force and violence but should peacefully and rationally resolve conflict and reduce antagonism between the government and the people through constructive dialogue.
Taiwan’s government supports Hong Kong people in the pursuit of democracy and freedom and will deal with Hong Kong affairs, such as Taiwan-Hong Kong exchanges and visits by Hong Kong people to Taiwan, in accordance with the laws.
For Hong Kong students studying in Taiwan, Tsai directed the Mainland Affairs Council and the Ministry of Education to provide full support to let them feel at ease while pursing education in Taiwan.
She also called on the Hong Kong government to understand young Hong Kong people’s aspiration for democracy and freedom and allow students participating in the protests to continue to study in Taiwan by handling their cases based on the principle of human rights and the rule of law.
The situation in Hong Kong is critical, Tsai said, adding that national security government agencies and administrative departments should keep a close eye on the development in the territory and assess the possible impact on Taiwan, particularly the effects on the financial and banking industries, while helping Taiwanese businesses and people who are based there.