TAIPEI: Taiwan on Wednesday (Jul 1) opened a brand new workplace to take care of Hong Kongers wanting to maneuver to the island after Beijing handed a sweeping security law for the town.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had pledged a humanitarian “motion plan” after Chinese language authorities introduced the proposed legislation – which was handed on Tuesday.
The Taiwan-Hong Kong Workplace for Exchanges and Providers in Taipei will, amongst different duties, deal with functions from Hong Kongers searching for to remain in Taiwan for “political causes”.
“This is a crucial landmark for the federal government to additional realise its help for Hong Kong’s democracy and freedom,” Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan’s high China coverage physique, instructed reporters.
“The entire world must be involved” concerning the legislation, Chen mentioned.
Round 5,000 Hong Kongers moved to Taiwan final 12 months as the town was shaken by large anti-government protests.
They included activists searching for sanctuary and others seeking to pursue a brand new life in Taiwan – thought of one in all Asia’s most progressive democracies.
Taiwan’s authorities mentioned it is going to cowl “obligatory bills” for many who come to the island for political causes as a result of their freedom and security are beneath menace.
Taiwan doesn’t have an asylum or refugee legislation and the Cupboard will nonetheless make the ultimate choice in such functions on a case-by-case foundation.
Chen has mentioned the brand new workplace is “not a rescue” mission and also will take care of requests from Hong Kongers searching for to check or work and firms seeking to spend money on Taiwan.