Canada China raises its voice against Hong Kong and Taiwan

02:50  23 may  2020
02:50  23 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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 Taiwanese people regret their non-contribution to the fight against the coronavirus at WHO © REUTERS / Ann Wang A commercial street in Taipei, March 12, 2020. (Illustration) While the World Health Assembly is ends this Tuesday 19 May in Geneva, a country could not give its voice to the debates. It was Taiwan, the archipelago claimed by Beijing, that finally asked its diplomatic allies not to raise the question of its participation in the WHO to give priority to the fight against the epidemic.

The United States on Thursday urged China to respect Hong Kong 's autonomy, warning that its proposed national security law for the city would be Pro-democracy leaders and activists warned that the move would mark the end of Hong Kong as they know it, a fear voiced in months of massive and

Taiwan 's ruling party has warned citizens against traveling to Hong Kong or mainland China , saying the situation is "severe," after a Taiwanese businessman was detained following a visit to the protest-wracked city.

Against the background of the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus, China hardened its tone on Friday against Hong Kong, by announcing its intention to impose on this territory the very controversial law on the national security, which caused monster protests in 2019 in this autonomous Chinese territory.

Speaking at the opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress (ANP), the Chinese Parliament, Prime Minister Li Keqiang delivered a speech that sounded like a challenge to the Western world, and to the United States in particular.

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The Chinese leader began by announcing his country's victory over the coronavirus pandemic, while Beijing was strongly criticized by the United States and other countries for its lack of transparency in the management of the epidemic, which spread around the world from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The coronavirus has so far killed more than 300,000 people worldwide, including more than 95,000 in the United States, but less than 5,000 in China, and has caused a global economic recession.

"We have achieved a major strategic success in our response to Covid-19," said the Chinese Premier. On the economic front, on the other hand, Beijing has given up for the first time making growth forecasts for 2020, after a plunge of 6.8% of its GDP in the 1st quarter on an annual basis ...

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"Promoting reunification" of China with Taiwan

Li Keqiang then announced his intention to impose on Hong Kong the national security law which would restrict freedoms in this autonomous Chinese territory. Then he went on to promote reunification with Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be an integral part of China. The term "peaceful" usually used in official speeches to describe a reunification was this time omitted by the Chinese leader ...

China "will resolutely oppose and discourage any separatist activity aimed at the independence of Taiwan", he added. "We will encourage (the islanders) to join us in opposing the independence of Taiwan and promoting the reunification of China," he added.

Anti-secession law will be imposed on Hong Kong

Regarding Hong Kong, the Chinese Premier said that "we will establish and perfect the legal system and law enforcement mechanisms for the protection of state security in the special administrative regions and we will endorse their government with constitutional responsibility. "

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Taiwan (Republic of China ) was formally the UN recognised China until 1971 when they were replaced by PRC as the UN Though not recognised by UN the Taiwanese government still have jusrisdiction over its territory with a fully democratic Hong Kong is a city in China . Taiwan is a province of China .

Concretely, this means that Beijing plans to impose the national security law itself, as authorized by the constitution, after the Hong Kong executive was forced to abandon last year, following huge protests on the streets of Hong Kong. This law aims to prohibit secessionist, subversive and terrorist activities as well as foreign interference in this Chinese territory supposed to benefit from a special status of autonomy.

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In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng stock index plunged 5.6% on Friday, after these announcements which could lead to the departure of capital from Hong Kong. In Washington, US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would react "very strongly" if Beijing imposed this law.

"Any initiative to impose a national security law that does not reflect the will of the Hong Kong people would be highly destabilizing" and would generate "firm condemnation" from the United States and the international community, the department said. American state in a statement.

Friday evening, the US Department of Commerce announced that it had added 33 Chinese companies and institutions to its blacklist, accusing them of contributing to human rights violations.

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China submitted a proposal to enact new Hong Kong security legislation during the opening day of the National People's Congress on Friday. The proposed "enforcement mechanisms," which are expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, have faced significant backlash from the US, Taiwan and

Demonstrators in Hong Kong have repeatedly protested against what they see as a gradual erosion of the territory's autonomy by the communist lead A mainland source told the South China Morning Post that Beijing had decided Hong Kong would not be able to pass its own security law and the NPC

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According to the 'Wall Street Journal', American senators are preparing a bipartisan law which would sanction the Chinese officials and entities involved in the implementation of these measures in Hong Kong . The text also provides for penalizing banks that do business with these entities and people. The United States also leaves hanging the threat of a revision of the special economic status which it grants to Hong Kong, which worried the investors.

On November 27, 2019, Donald Trump had promulgated a text adopted by Congress' ("2019 Act on human rights and democracy in Hong Kong") which threatens to suspend this special economic status. This status allows this territory to be exempt from restrictions and customs duties that apply to mainland China.

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  La Chine hausse le ton face à Hong Kong et Taïwan © Reuters

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© REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst Donald Trump on Friday May 29 in the garden of the White House in Washington. In the United States, as announced, Donald Trump announced new sanctions against China accusing him once again of being responsible for the thousands of deaths of the Covid-19. He also announced the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status to the United States after Beijing’s controversial national security law was passed.

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