Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that she could suspend the law governing Hong Kong’s special status to provide “necessary assistance” to Hongkongers if the Chinese Communist Party passes a security law to end the democracy and autonomy in Hong Kong.
Furthermore, the suspension of “section 60” could open the door for Taiwan to provide asylum to political dissidents in Hong Kong.
Translation of President Tsai’s Facebook post about Hong Kong
At this moment, we along with all our partners in the democratic camp, stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong.
In recent days, China’s Congress is planning to bypass the Hong Kong Legislature to enact the so-called “Hong Kong version of national security law”, which seriously threatens the future of Hong Kong. If the law is implemented, the core values of democratic freedom and judicial independence in Hong Kong will be severely eroded. The So-called “unchanged for 50 years”, “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong and a high degree of autonomy ” are on the brinks of collapse.
I believe that my fellow countrymen, like me, are very concerned about Hong Kong at the moment. I have also said more than once that in the face of Hong Kong people’s desire for freedom and democracy, the solution is not bullets, not to create more fear and crackdown, but to truly implement freedom and democracy and truly live up to Hong Kong’s promise of autonomy. Only in this way can Beijing and the Hong Kong authorities regain trust and let Hong Kong society return to freedom and calm.
The (Taiwan) government has always taken great concern and responds to the development of the situation in Hong Kong, so as to ensure that national security and interests of the country are fully protected while engaging in bilateral exchanges. According to section 60 of the Hong Kong Relations ordinance, the situation in Hong Kong can suspend the application of one or all of the ordinance once the situation changes. We hope that the situation in Hong Kong will not come to this stage and will pay close attention to future development in order to take the necessary contingency measures in a timely manner.
Taiwan has been giving great care and support to the people of Hong Kong who are struggling to defend Hong Kong’s core values. I would like to stress that the Hong Kong and Macau ordinance has already established the relevant norms in helping the oppressed people of Hong Kong. throughout the weeks, government departments have continued to provide all kinds of possible humanitarian relief. In the face of changing situations, the international community is actively helping the people of Hong Kong. We will build on the basis of what we have done to improve and refine the relevant rescue efforts in order to provide the necessary assistance.
President Tsai added “section 60” while drafting “Hong Kong and Macao Regulations”
As the drafter of the “Hong Kong and Macao Regulations” in 1994 and 1995, the then convener of the drafting study group and today’s President, Tsai Ing-wen is undoubtedly the expert of the entire regulation.
While attending the “Youth Listen to Me-2020 Presidential Election Youth Forum” on the eve of the presidential election, Tsai Ing-wen recalled that: “While drafting the Hong Kong and Macao Regulations, I suspected that China’s 50-year unchanging promise might not be kept. Therefore, we added relevant handling provisions in the Hong Kong and Macau Regulations. “
The suspension of “section 60” could open the door for Taiwan to provide asylum to political dissidents in Hong Kong
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