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《TAIPEI TIMES》Taiwan not in China’s purview: MAC

A podium at the Mainland Affairs Council in Taipei is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

A podium at the Mainland Affairs Council in Taipei is pictured in an undated photograph. Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

2024/06/22 03:00

‘SEPARATIST’ CRACKDOWN: Beijing’s actions would only sow discord on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and damage exchanges, the Mainland Affairs Council said

By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer and agencies

China has no jurisdiction over Taiwan, and its so-called laws and norms have no binding force on Taiwanese, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday as it called on Taiwanese “not to be threatened and intimidated” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The council issued the remarks after China earlier in the day threatened to impose the death penalty in extreme cases of what it called “diehard Taiwanese independence separatists.”

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency yesterday said the Chinese government unveiled guidelines that say its courts, prosecutors, public and state security bodies should “severely punish Taiwanese independence diehards for splitting the country and inciting secession in accordance with the law, and resolutely defend national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.”

The guidelines are in accordance with the law, including the 2005 “Anti-Secession” Law, Xinhua said.

Chinese Ministry of Public Security official Sun Ping (孫萍) yesterday told a news briefing in Beijing that the maximum penalty for the “crime of secession” was the death penalty.

“The sharp sword of legal action will always hang high,” she said.

The guidelines detail what is considered a crime worthy of punishment, including promoting Taiwan’s entry to international organizations where statehood is a condition, having “external official exchanges,” and “suppressing” groups or people promoting “reunification.”

The guidelines define “other acts that seek to separate Taiwan from China” a crime — a vague definition that could be interpreted in different ways.

The rules took effect in China yesterday, Xinhua said.

The MAC said that Beijing’s announcement is regretful, adding that it only highlighted the absolute and fundamental differences in the systems of government between Taiwan and China.

Under the Republic of China’s Constitution, Taiwan’s 23 million people enjoy rights to freedom and democracy, and such rights cannot be taken away from them, the MAC said.

The CCP’s regulations have no authority over Taiwanese, it added.

China’s actions serve only to sow discord among people on either side of the Taiwan Strait and severely harm civil exchanges, it said.

Such acts are also an “uncivilized and brutish challenge” against free and democratic countries that love Taiwan and support its democracy, the MAC said.

Taiwan Thinktank researcher Wu Se-chih (吳瑟致) said that Beijing’s clear stance on using the law as punishment is an attempt to place more pressure on Taiwanese and increase the efficacy of its legal warfare tactics.

National Cheng Kung University political science academic Hung Chin-fu (洪敬富) said legal warfare has been an oft-seen method of oppression since the 20th National Congress of the CCP in October last year.

The guidelines issued by the CCP yesterday do not mention the scope of the law’s enforcement, giving rise to selective enforcement on isolated individuals to make an example and deter people through fear, Hung said.

Hung and Wu urged Taiwanese to exercise caution when contemplating a visit to China, and ensure that their past actions and speech do not contravene its laws.

Additional reporting by Wu Che-yu

新聞來源:TAIPEI TIMES

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