Suspending act equivalent of cutting off Hong Kong, KMT head

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) on Monday questioned President Tsai Ing-wen’s intention in revoking the “Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau” (香港澳門關係條例), saying it would be tantamount to cutting off Hong Kong.

“Without [the act], how will you stand with the people of Hong Kong?” Chiang told media at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

Chiang called on Chinese authorities to be very cautious on 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.

Chiang further called on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to provide an adequate response to the situation in Hong Kong.

The government shouldn’t give the impression that it is trying to cut off ties with Hong Kong after extending its support to activists during the election last year and stopping the aforesaid act after the election, he explained.

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 cautious in its response to recent developments to ensure that Taiwan ‘s national security and interests are fully protected in the course of bilateral exchanges.

In accordance with Article 60 of the act, if the political situation in Hong Kong changes, the application of part or all of the special act may be suspended as a result.

In response to Tsai’s statement, Chiang said that if the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law is enacted and implemented without the consent of the people in Hong Kong, it will definitely have a great impact on local freedom and the rule of law in the long run.