Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) on Monday questioned President Tsai Ing-wen’s intention in revoking the “Act of Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macau Affairs,” saying it is tantamount to cutting ties with Hong Kong altogether.
Chiang was responding to President Tsai’s Facebook post a day earlier in which she expressed concern about recent developments in Hong Kong.
Tsai said that the government is highly concerned about the situation and cautious in its response to recent developments to ensure that national security and Taiwan interests are fully protected in the course of exchanges between the two sides.
In accordance with Article 60 of the “Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macau Affairs,” if the political situation in Hong Kong changes, the application of part or all of the Act may be suspended by Taiwan authorities.
In response to Tsai’s statement, Chiang said that if the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law is enacted and implemented without any communication with the people of Hong Kong, it will definitely have a great impact on Hong Kong’s freedom and the rule of law in the long run.
In addition, it will have a great impact on Hong Kong people’s autonomy and the future development of democratization. He, therefore, called on Beijing to be very cautious in this matter and said he did not want to see the freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong along with Beijing’s initial promise of “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong” to all become an illusion.
However, Chiang called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government to respond to the problem in Hong Kong and to not give people the impression that it is trying to cut off ties with Hong Kong by loudly supporting activists during the election last year and stopping the aforesaid Act after the election.