President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan may revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong due to China’s planned national security law. The initiative could lead to anger Beijing and make it harder for Hong Kongers to visit and invest.
China is preparing to propose the new legislation for the Chinese-ruled city after months of anti-government protests. Beijing’s move has already fueled new turmoil in Hong Kong and a new wave of disapproval from Western capitals.
The Hong Kong demonstrators have gathered widespread support from democratic Taiwan. Such sympathy for the protesters from Tsai and her administration has worsened the already poor relationship between Taipei and Beijing.
Late on Sunday, Tsai through her Facebook page said that the proposed legislation was a serious threat to Hong Kong’s freedoms and judicial independence and that Taiwan would provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”.
Taiwan relationship with Hong Kong and Macau are ruled in a a way that allow residents of the two cities to visit and invest in Taiwan with less restrictions than mainland Chinese.
Tsai said that if a “change in the situation” may happen in Hong Kong, it would lead Taiwan to revoke the act laying out those rules.