MAC Reflects Action Against Threat Of Chinese Independence Lawsuit
Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the government agency responsible for cross-strait affairs in Taiwan, has said it is considering possible legal countermeasures against China’s desire to criminally prosecute supporters of the Taiwan independence.
In a statement released on Friday, MAC said that if Beijing jeopardizes cross-strait relations by remaining determined to destroy Taiwanese democracy and escalate unrest and confrontation, the Taiwanese government will come up with countermeasures, including changes in the law, to protect the welfare of its people.
The council added that Taiwan would not tolerate coercion from any authoritarian regime, as Taiwan was a democratic society that had never been under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The Chinese Taiwan Affairs Bureau (TAO) on Friday published a blacklist of people it said would face criminal charges for “stubbornly” supporting Taiwan’s independence.
The list included several senior government officials from the ruling Progressive Democratic Party (DPP), including Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Chairman of Legislative Yuan You Si-kun (游錫堃) and Minister of Business Foreign Joseph Wu (吳 釗 燮).
TAO spokeswoman Zhu Fenglian (朱鳳蓮) said her office would apply sanctions to those on the list by preventing them and their families from entering China, Hong Kong or Macau.
Zhu also said that those on the list would not be allowed to maintain ties with organizations or individuals from China, and that companies providing material support to those on the blacklist would not be allowed to. profit from it in China.
The TAO spokeswoman went on to say that the “stubborn supporters of Taiwan independence” on the blacklist – the first of its kind published by China – would be held criminally responsible for life.
The action prompted a reprimand from the MAC, which said it was up to Chinese-appointed government officials to maintain Taiwan’s sovereignty and that they should be treated with respect to foster peace across the Taiwan Strait.
The MAC said the decision to publish the blacklist had increased tensions across the Taiwan Strait, and that measures aimed at intimidation would have a chilling effect and would encourage attacks against those with a different political stance than that. from China.
In addition to its long-term military threats, China’s latest hostile move would likely spark resentment in the international community, according to the MAC.
The council added that the people of Taiwan fully understood China’s intentions and would not compromise.
Responding to his listing, Taiwanese Prime Minister Su said doing his best to do things that are beneficial to Taiwanese is his job.
Su went on to say that he would not be intimidated by China’s decision to blacklist him, adding that the CCP did not have the right to dictate what Taiwan should do since it did not. not ruled the island even for a single day.
While answering questions at a Legislative Yuan hearing, Su praised PDP lawmaker Chen Ting-fei (陳 亭 妃), who said earlier in the hearing that the more China tries to coerce Taiwan, the more Taiwan would gain support from the international community.
Meanwhile, Legislative Assembly Speaker You expressed pride at being put on the list by China, saying on Saturday that it reflected its efforts to promote democracy in Taiwan.
Even though he thought China’s decision was ridiculous, You said he still cared about people in China and hoped the country would democratize as soon as possible.
When asked why Beijing did not put President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on the list, You said it was possible that the authorities Chinese are trying to divide Taiwan.
Eric Chu (朱立倫), chairman of Kuomintang, Taiwan’s largest opposition party, said on Saturday that China had used the law, which is only effective in China, to blacklist three government officials Taiwanese.
Chu pointed out how irrelevant the law was to Taiwan, as the people of Taiwan would always stick to free speech and democracy.
But Chu said the KMT would do everything possible to protect Taiwan peacefully, contrary to what he described as the DPP’s exploitation of anti-Chinese sentiment.
The KMT chairman added that in order to improve the welfare of the next generation in Taiwan, his party did not want to see any military action carried out across the Taiwan Strait.