China finishes Hong Kong annexation, now targets Taiwan
Taiwanese officials who tried to renew their visas in Hong Kong yesterday were confronted by Communist-controlled officials who insisted that they sign a paper admitting that Taiwan is part of China as a condition of their visa.
“They won’t issue the visa if we don’t sign the document,” a Taiwanese official said, according to Reuters. “It’s entirely a problem created by them.”
“We will try our best to defend our stance. Our representatives in Hong Kong will hold fast to their position.”
Taiwan in fact is an independent country made up of those who fled China after the Communist takeover in 1949.
Earlier this year, Taiwan overwhelmingly re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen, who ran on a pro-Western, anti-Communist platform. Since then, China has become increasingly volatile towards its neighbors, as it wrestles with the coronavirus, continuing unrest in Hong Kong and criticism by the West.
Previously, Taiwan said that it would accept refugees from Hong Kong who wished to escape the new pro-Communist regime, and it may be that eventuality that caused China to revise Hong Kong’s visa policy.
China has never reconciled itself to Taiwan as an independent country and pretends that it’s a part of China that is in rebellion against the central authority in Beijing, the Communist Party.
The new visa rules also follow Taiwan’s announcement that investment from Hong Kong will be subject to more scrutiny following the new security law in Hong Kong.
“The line between Chinese money and Hong Kong and Macau money is less clear,” Reuters reports from an anonymous source in the Taiwan government.
“We hope that money from Hong Kong and Macau comes over here, but we don’t want Chinese money to benefit,” the source added.
The worry is that money secretly controlled by Chinese communists will be used to unduly influence Taiwan.
“We must consider whether it has been infiltrated” by China, the source added. “We want to establish a defense mechanism.”
China has traditionally tried to exert influence in Taiwan, buying politicians and political influence. But the last few years have seen Chinese influence wane and a rising tide of Taiwanese nationalism.
A recent security report from Taiwan says that China is using social media platforms like TikTok to lure Taiwanese youth to side with China in future disputes.
The U.S. is currently considering a ban on TikTok and other Chinese social media platforms meant to spy on or influence U.S. citizens.
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