Taiwan today opened an office to help Hong Kong citizens who want to study, do business, invest, or apply for asylum on the island in response to China’s controversial Hong Kong security law, already in force.
The new office began operating on Wednesday, July 1, the day Hong Kong marks the twenty-third anniversary of his return to Chinese sovereignty.
The island’s Continental Affairs Council reported on June 18 the creation of this department with the aim of responding “to the imposition, by the Communist Party of China (CCP), of a security law in Hong Kong that has created unrest in society. “
“Its aim is to provide basic services and care for Hong Kong citizens who come to Taiwan and need assistance, as well as for Hong Kong-based multinational companies and international corporations seeking to relocate to Taiwan,” the Council said in a statement to the announce its launch.
The project also hopes to “attract Hong Kong capital and talent to strengthen and expand Taiwan’s economic development,” and is made up of three sections: “Consultation Services,” “Program Management,” and “Administrative Matters.”
The new office, officially named “Services and Exchange between Taiwan and Hong Kong”, is at the headquarters of the Taiwan Democracy Foundation and is part of the island project “Humanitarian Aid for Hong Kong”.
Mainland China Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong said in a statement to the media Tuesday that Chinese law “is not only directed against Hong Kong residents. This is a divine order issued by the heavenly empire for all the people of the world, “he said, referring to the Chinese government.
He added that the world must “pay attention to this issue and face it seriously”, and that the new Taiwanese office leads the way to “support democracy and freedom in Hong Kong,” said the official CNA news agency.
According to Chen, the project demonstrates the “determination and good will of the Taiwanese government to support the Hong Kong people in protecting their democracy, freedom and human rights, as well as providing them with care.”
The new Chinese law for Hong Kong establishes life-time penalties for cases of “secession, subversion against state power (a charge commonly used against dissidents and critics of the communist regime), terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign forces to put at risk the National security”.
Likewise, any person convicted by any of the assumptions of the law, which will not be retroactive but will apply to non-residents, will not be able to stand as a candidate for elections in the Hong Kong Legislative Council. The next elections to elect the members of this body are scheduled for September.
Consequently, many of the local population, in addition to journalists, activists and lawyers, fear that the new legislation will limit the freedoms enjoyed by the semi-autonomous Chinese city, which is why many Hong Kong citizens are now considering emigrating from the city.