Taiwan opposition knocks previous leader's travel restriction to Hong Kong

 

Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party knocked the self-ruled island's new federal government as "suppressive" for barring former president Ma Ying-jeou from travelling to Chinese-controlled Hong Kong on the grounds of national security.Ma's China-friendly Nationalists lost landslide elections in January to President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has actually typically leant towards independence from China.

 

They said barring Ma from going to the previous British colony of Hong Kong was "entirely unhelpful for Taiwan's internal political reconciliation and social harmony"."This suppressive style of the just-sworn-in DPP federal government is naked to all the people," it stated.Tsai's administration stated on Sunday it had actually disallowed Ma from travelling to Hong Kong where he was due to provide a speech at a Society of Publishers in Asia media awards event on Wednesday.

 

"Based on the international circumstance faced by Taiwan and in factor to consider of national security and interests, Hong Kong is an extremely delicate area (when it pertains to) keeping our nationwide security," the Presidential Office stated in a statement, adding that it would be hard to control the dangers of such a visit.It likewise stated Taiwan and Hong Kong authorities had had no time to collaborate on preparations.

 

The DPP has traditionally been more careful of China than Ma's Nationalists. Its care follows a group of Taiwanese were forcibly deported from Kenya to China for suspected fraud in China in April, a case that enraged Taiwan.Some comments on Taiwan social networks at the time questioned whether a precedent was being set of Taiwanese abroad being "eliminated" by China, drawing a parallel with the case of five booksellers in Hong Kong who briefly went missing out on in strange scenarios.

 

The Society of Publishers in Asia stated in a statement on its website it was disappointed Ma would not be able to participate in but that it planned for him to speak through a video link.China has actually claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong's forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists fled to the island. Communist Party rulers inBeijing have actually vowed to bring Taiwan under its rule, by force if essential.

 

Hong Kong returned to Chinese guideline in 1997 under a "one nation, 2 systems" formula which guarantees comprehensive autonomy for the monetary center however was the scene of prolonged and sometimes violent anti-China street demonstrations in 2014 calling for totally democratic elections.China had actually put forward the "one nation, two systems" formula as a design for Taiwan to follow, which island leaders turned down.China has actually likewise repeatedly cautioned Taiwan of negative repercussions if they cannot recognize Taiwan belongs of China under Beijing's "one China" concept.Tsai has actually stated she will preserve the status quo with China, but has actually not repeated the "one China" concept.

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Some comments on Taiwan social networks at the time questioned whether a precedent was being set of Taiwanese abroad being "eliminated" by China, drawing a parallel with the case of five booksellers in Hong Kong who briefly went missing out on in strange scenarios.

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Some comments on Taiwan social networks at the time questioned whether a precedent was being set of Taiwanese abroad being "eliminated" by China, drawing a parallel with the case of five booksellers in Hong Kong who briefly went missing out on in strange scenarios.

Travel in Asia

Some comments on Taiwan social networks at the time questioned whether a precedent was being set of Taiwanese abroad being "eliminated" by China, drawing a parallel with the case of five booksellers in Hong Kong who briefly went missing out on in strange scenarios.

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