Taiwanese risk ‘deportation’ to China

NEW HONG KONG LAW: A visit to Beijing-friendly nations or those with weak judicial systems could leave people at risk of deportation to China, a former MAC official said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 13, 2020
By: Peng Wan-hsin / Staff reporter

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo, left, and Chinese-Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, right, are placed on barricades outside China’s liaison office in Hong Kong on Jan. 19, 2016.
Photo: AFP

Beijing could request countries with which it has extradition agreements to deport Taiwanese to China to face criminal charges following the implementation of national security legislation for Hong Kong, a former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official warned yesterday.

Some developing countries, and those close to China because of the Belt and Road Initiative, are likely to accommodate Beijing’s requests to extradite Taiwanese to China, said former deputy MAC minister Chen Ming-chi (陳明祺), who served from July 2, 2018, until May 20, and then returned to his former post as an assistant professor of sociology at National Tsing Hua University.

While Taiwanese should be aware of this situation, they should not restrain their pursuit of freedom of speech, Chen said.

“If we remain silent about the situation in Hong Kong, we would be playing into Beijing’s hands. The more China oppresses freedom of speech, the more we should voice our support for Hong Kong,” he said.

The government should work with nations that share similar democratic values to speak up for Hong Kong’s freedom, he added.    [FULL  STORY]

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