‘SECURITIZATION’ THREAT:With Beijing now seeing Taiwan as a national security issue, academics said a turning point has been reached in cross-strait relations
Date: May 21, 2015
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporter
The inclusion of Taiwan in China’s pending National Security Law means that
China sees Taiwan as a major national security concern rather than as an internal affair or an issue of nationalism, suggesting that the issue is not up for compromise, academics told a forum hosted by the Chang Yung-fa Foundation in Taipei yesterday.
After Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) last year expounded his outlook on Chinese national security, aiming to achieve the objectives in “eight dimensions and four stages,” China’s National People’s Congress began revising China’s National Security Law.
Article 11 of the law reportedly stipulates that protection of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is an obligation for all Chinese people, including the people of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and that no division is to be tolerated. [FULL STORY]