Taiwan fears China ‘hostage diplomacy’ through HK security law

Daily Mail
Date: 16 July 2020

Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, has warned that China could use the new Hong Kong security law for ‘hostage diplomacy’

Taiwan on Thursday warned China could use the sweeping national security law it imposed on Hong Kong for "hostage diplomacy", urging democratic countries to unite against Beijing's "autocratic" expansion.

The Hong Kong security law has rattled nearby self-ruled Taiwan, which China regards as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize, by force if necessary.

A provision within the law claims global jurisdiction and allows China to prosecute especially serious cases instead of semi-autonomous Hong Kong's independent judiciary.

The law would enable Beijing to carry out "hostage diplomacy", Chen Ming-tong, head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy body, told reporters.   

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