Taiwan Opens Office to Help People Fleeing Hong Kong in Wake of National Security Law

Taiwan on Wednesday launched a new office to process applications by Hong Kong nationals seeking to work, study, or seek asylum in the country.

The Diplomat
Date: July 02, 2020
By: Nick Aspinwall   

Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to help people fleeing Hong Kong, its strongest

A Hong Kong protester in Taiwan waves a flag to mark the first anniversary of a mass rally in Hong Kong against the now-withdrawn extradition bill at Democracy Square in in Taipei, Taiwan, June 13, 2020.
Credit: AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

response yet to calls to provide humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers leaving the city due to ongoing pro-democracy protests and a newly imposed national security law.

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchange Office will serve as a hub for a task force established last month to provide direct assistance to Hong Kongers who wish to stay in Taiwan.

“China’s disregard for the will of Hong Kong’s people proves that ‘one country, two systems’ is not viable,” President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday on Twitter. “Taiwan’s commitment to supporting those HKers who want freedom and democracy has never changed.”

Tsai has gained broad popularity in large part due to her steadfast support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. But her administration had faced criticism in the past for not doing more to directly assist Hong Kongers resettling in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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