National security law marks end of HK autonomy: official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/25/2020
By: Fan Cheng-hsiang, Stanley Chung and Evelyn Kao

Hong Kong / CNA file photo

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) If China passes a controversial national security law for Hong Kong, Beijing will have broken its promise to respect Hong Kong's autonomy under the "one country, two systems" model, Taiwan's National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥) said Monday.

Tsai made the comment at a legislative hearing in Taiwan, as delegates of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, prepare to discuss draft legislation on establishing a legal system and enforcement mechanisms to ensure national security in Hong Kong at its annual session which ends Thursday.

During the legislative session, opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) asked whether, given the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy by the Chinese Communist government, Taiwan should amend or abolish its law governing relations with Hong Kong and Macau.

In response, Tsai said legal issues are open for discussion.

When asked whether the new national security law will impact Hong Kong's financial markets and lead Hong Kong capital to flow into Taiwan, Tsai said the new law could have an impact.    [FULL  STORY]