President Tsai Ing-Wen took the initiative to speak out against the CCP’s push for the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” and, at the same time, announced that a consensus had been reached with the Premier of Taiwan to form an ad hoc group. The Mainland Affairs Council will propose specific mechanisms to provide assistance to Hong Kong residents including those residing in Taiwan.
President Tsai expressed in the press briefing: “The Chinese Communist Party needs to stop before it’s too late and should not break the promise of ‘Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong for 50 years.’”
President Tsai continued: “We will provide the necessary assistance they [the Hong Kong people] need so that they can come live and work in Taiwan. We also hope that the Mainland Affairs Council will propose their plan in the shortest amount of time and explain it to the people.”
Regarding doubts that Taiwan will not lower the immigration threshold for the people of Hong Kong, and the question of whether it is still necessary to amend the refugee law, President Tsai explained that the existing immigration restrictions for the people of Hong Kong are relatively lenient. She reaffirmed Taiwan’s support for the people of Hong Kong in the pursuit of freedom and democracy.
President Tsai added: “Regardless of whether there will be any adjustment to this regulation in the future, I would like to make it clear to everyone: One thing is certain, that is, our hearts and determination to take care of the people of Hong Kong will never change.”
Over concerns that after gaining control over Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party may resort to using force against Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-Wen said that the current situation does require a high degree of attention, and she will ask the relevant ministries to step up their efforts and forecasting of the situation.