China Announces Punishments for Supporters of Taiwan’s Freedom

China Announces Punishments for Supporters of Taiwan's Freedom

(ReliableNews.org) – Although Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, China still sees the island as its territory and will now criminalize anyone supporting its independence. On November 5, a spokeswoman from the Taiwan Affairs Office in China, Zhu Fenglian, stated anyone guilty of such a stance would be criminally liable for life. The office named specific perpetrators and planned to create an entire list of people who fit into the pro-Taiwan independence category.

Taiwan’s Parliament Speaker You Si-kun, Premier Su Tseng-chang, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu made the list.

China’s Plan

China plans to blacklist these people and prevent them from entering the mainland, some regions of Hong Kong, and Macau. Not only will the communist country prevent them from entering, but it’ll prohibit them from doing business or socializing with those who believe China owns Taiwan.

Taiwanese politicians rely on donations from mainland companies to partially fund their campaigns, so the announcement comes with a hit to that group in particular. Also, businesses on the island regularly make money from conducting their affairs on the mainland, and many people from Taiwan currently work in China. Given that, the new announcement is likely to impact life profoundly for many people in the region.

The council did not go into specific detail about the punishments they have in mind for offenders, but Zhu said her country would take “necessary measures” against the traitors. She said China wants to send a message that anyone who supports Taiwan as a sovereign nation is betraying the motherland and “will be spurned by the people” and seen in a negative light through history.

Problems Between China and Taiwan

The declaration came on the heels of a statement from Taiwan’s defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng in October when he stated tensions between the two nations were at their “worst in 40 years.” There’s an unofficial line between China and Taiwan which the mainland crossed with military jets several times over four days. He said even though they didn’t fly all the way to the island, the aircraft were too close for comfort, and such maneuvers could cause a misfire.

Analysts believe China may use its growing military power as Taiwan moves more toward independence to stop the island nation and seize it.

Taiwan’s Response

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council responded, saying Beijing does not rule their democratic society, and the country will not tolerate intimidation from the mainland. The council added they would take “necessary countermeasures” to ensure the well-being of their citizens. On November 6, Taiwan’s foreign minister stated his commitment to continue fighting for his people’s freedom.

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