Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) created a section on its website on Tuesday (June 11) about Hong Kong's extradition law amendments, which many fear would allow suspects such as political dissidents to be sent to China.
Massive public protests in Hong Kong against a proposed change to the semi-autonomous province's policy on extraditing criminals to China has been dismissed by Beijing state media as foreign-driven plots involving "hoodwinked" locals.
The city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, defended the bill in a 45-minute news briefing yesterday, saying it was necessary to prevent the city from becoming a "haven" for fugitives and vowing to press ahead with its passage.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday a highly controversial extradition bill will proceed to the legislature for debate after the territory's largest protests in at least a decade filled the streets to oppose the legislation.
The proposed law would allow extraditions to any jurisdiction with which Hong Kong does not already have a treaty - including mainland China.
The demonstrations in Hong Kong are not over.
Yes. But under the 1997 handover agreement with Britain, China has agreed to a 50-year deal where Hong Kong is able to retain key liberties, such as freedom of speech and an independent judiciary.
Organisers put the size of Sunday's crowd at more than a million, outstripping a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 took to the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws.
January 2018: Gui Minhai, one of the booksellers who disappeared in 2015, is arrested on a train in China while traveling with two Swedish diplomats. "Without the sense of security and protection, I think the worldwide city that Hong Kong has always been will be completely changed down the line".
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Since Hong Kongers have the right to protest, but can not directly elect their government, many see taking to the streets as their way of forcing change - especially with issues they see as threatening the territory's core values.
"I urge all Hong Kong people and students to go on strike tomorrow to tell them we will not accept this evil law", one student member said.
"I come here to fight", said a wheelchair-bound, 78-year-old man surnamed Lai, who was among the first to arrive.
U.S. and European officials have issued formal warnings over the proposed changes, matching worldwide business and human rights groups who fear the amendments will dent Hong Kong's rule of law.
Hong Kong has obligations to combat cross-border and transnational crimes, and the bill, as supplementary arrangement, is to give Hong Kong additional safeguards to do that, she said, stressing that it intends to make Hong Kong a safe place.
Passengers clear Chinese immigration inside the station in Hong Kong, prompting protests from some opposition lawmakers that Chinese law would apply in the immigration area.
Currently, Hong Kong residents can more easily obtain an entry permit to visit Taiwan, compared with their Chinese counterparts who are subject to stricter regulations that require them to either submit a proof of savings in excess of NT$100,000 (US$3,157) or present a valid visa from certain other countries such as the USA or Canada.
Human rights groups have repeatedly cited the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions, forced confessions and problems accessing lawyers in China as reasons why the bill should not proceed.
But in recent years, Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leaders have taken a harder line and resisted protester demands. The Foreign Ministry's statement came one day after one ofthe city's biggest protests since it was handed over to China from the United Kingdom in 1997.