We have seen that Taiwan is blamed repeatedly by China for showing support for the protests in Hong Kong. While Taiwan President Tsai has openly backed the anti-extradition bill protests, she has not commented anything regarding the recent protests in Hong Kong. Taiwan has always maintained that it is against the extradition bill brought by Hong Kong and backed by China.
Now, in a move that would definitely not please Beijing, the director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, Alex Fan has published an editorial in the US newspaper, The Seattle Times. The headline of this editorial reads “World cannot allow Hong Kong citizens to live in fear of China”. While this is clearly mentioned as an Opinion piece, it is something that will increase tensions between China and Taiwan.
In this editorial, Fan starts by saying that Hong Kong was handed over to China by the United Kingdom in a promise that there will be “one country, two systems” policy. He adds that the Hong Kong protests were against the extradition bill. However, the protests have now turned into pro-democracy protests thanks to police brutality he claims. He also adds that the movement is “reflecting that ‘one country, two systems’ is on its last leg.”
Apart from that, he also writes in his editorial that “attempts to shield the truth by creating fake news,” by China are being done. He says that blaming Taiwan and US for these protests is part of these attempts by China. Fan also claims Chinese media has misguided its public by saying that the protestors were “mobs who furiously beat police”. He also added that the people in Taiwan are “very concerned about the situation and willing to provide humanitarian assistance.” This is in addition to President Tsai’s comments saying Taiwan is willing to provide asylum to Hong Kong protestors.