Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen visited Causeway Bay Books on May 29 to show support for the Hong Kong people. Tsai also left a message on the Lennon Wall: “A Free Taiwan Holds Up The Freedom Of Hong Kong.” Other countries are concerned that Hong Kong’s autonomy is under threat after Beijing passed a security law for the city.
A day after China’s rubber-stamp legislature enacted a national security law in Hong Kong, Tsai met with the founder of Causeway Bay Books, Lam Wing-kee. She expressed concern about the changing situation in Hong Kong and said that the Taiwanese government would do its best to provide assistance to Hongkongers coming to Taiwan.
“I think more energy of assistance is needed in the next stage so we have established an ad hoc group under the Executive Yuan to specifically focus on this issue. We will do our best to assist friends from Hong Kong who need help,” Tsai said.
“I hope that, with you being here, we can work together towards the development of freedom and democracy. At the same time, we can understand what special assistance the Hong Kong people need when they come to Taiwan or who are already in Taiwan.”
The first version of the bookstore, which was called Mighty Current, opened in Hong Kong in 1994. Five people associated with the bookstore went missing in 2015 and were later found to have been detained in China for selling books critical of the Communist regime. Chinese-born Swedish citizen Gui Minhai is the highest-profile of five booksellers who disappeared in 2015.
Lam reopened the bookstore in Taiwan on April 25.
Tsai’s appearance at the bookstore didn’t go unnoticed. Hong Kong singer and actress Denise Ho thanked Tsai for her support in a Facebook post.