Taiwan premier lashes out at HK National Security Law

Premier Su Tseng-chang. (Photo courtesy of the Executive Yuan)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) reiterated on Tuesday that Taiwan is an independent country and that Taiwan will not be an accomplice to China’s actions in response to the recently imposed Hong Kong National Security Law.

Speaking to Chinese-language media, Su said that the aforesaid law shows China’s betrayal of the trust of the Hong Kong people. It has made people around the world realize that everybody is affected by the controversial law, he continued. 

Taiwan premier further emphasized that the national security law has also made people see why it is so important for Taiwan to defend its sovereignty and security. He hopes that the Taiwanese people will realize that Taiwan will only be secure if it defends its sovereignty.

Su also expressed hopes that the security law would unite Hong Kong and Taiwan people in a mutual defense for Taiwan’s sovereignty and security. 

According to the Hong Kong authorities, “Article 43 of the National Security Law stipulates various measures that the department for safeguarding national security of the Police Force of HKSAR may take when handling cases concerning offenses endangering national security.”

Article 43 also gives permission to the Police Commissioner to request personal information and information regarding assets, income, sources of income and expenses from any political agency or political representative if the commissioner believes there is a potential violation of national security.

However, the Police Commissioner does have to receive permission from the Security Bureau to request this information. 

If the targeted organization or agency fails to comply, unless they prove that they have done all they can do to deliver the information, they could be charged around NT$380,069 (HK$100,000) and be locked up for six months.

If there is falsified information or incomplete information, they can be billed NT$380,069 (HK$100,000) and be jailed for two years. However, these organizations do have a right to appeal the decisions in court. 

Recognizing that the new security law has caused fear in millions around Hong Kong, Su emphasized that in light of the law, Taiwan will continue to not help China and will also do all it can to protect the Taiwanese people.