Chinese media’s threats to draw Taipei rebuff: source

BEIJING INTIMIDATION: The source said that most of the planned measures are confidential, but the first step would be to publicly expose and refute the media reports

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 29, 2020
By: Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff

The government is implementing measures to respond to state-owned Chinese media’s threats against Taiwanese independence advocates, a national security official said on Friday.

The Chinese-language Ta Kung Pao — a Hong Kong-based newspaper run by the Chinese government through the Hong Kong Liaison Office — on Nov. 15 reported that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was compiling “a list of stubborn Taiwanese separatists and will severely punish them in accordance with [China’s] Anti-Secession Law and hold them accountable for their actions for the rest of their lives.”

The Chinese-language People’s Daily Overseas Edition on Nov. 19 reported that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) “is guilty of monstrous crimes and he will not escape the judgement of history.”

The reports were an attempt by the CCP to intimidate Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters, the party’s financial backers and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), a source said.

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