By: Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday passed an amendment to the Criminal Code to expand the scope of treason to include collusion with mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and any overseas enemy force or its agent.
Previously, treason was referred in the law as collusion with an “enemy state,” but that has been amended to better protect Taiwan’s national security interests, lawmakers said.
Furthermore, as China is not deemed a foreign country in the Republic of China Constitution, it cannot be categorized as an “enemy state,” and neither can its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau, lawmakers said.
People who spy for or collude with China and the two special administrative regions, therefore, could not be charged with offenses against Taiwan’s internal and external security stipulated in the Criminal Code. [FULL STORY]