Taiwan will counter new rule in HK security law if necessary: Tsai

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/07/2020
By Wu Po-wei, Yen Su-ping, Lai Yen-hsi, Elizabeth Hsu and Joseph Yeh

President Tsai Ing-wen makes the remarks on the sideline of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo July 7, 2020

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that if necessary, her administration will consider countermeasures to the newly implemented rules under Hong Kong's national security law, which state that authorities there can ask Taiwanese "political groups" to provide evidence in the investigation of potential violators.

The law on "safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administration Region" was passed by China's national legislature in June and took effect on the last day of the month, prohibiting acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and conspiring with foreign influences in the region.

The law is widely seen as an effort by the Chinese government to take full control of Hong Kong after a year of pro-democracy protests in the special administrative region.

On Monday, Hong Kong authorities made public the implementation of a rule under Article 43 of the national security law, which authorizes the territory's police force to take measures if necessary when handling cases related to endangering national security.

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