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China 'rude' to include Taiwan in national security law: MAC

China 'rude' to include Taiwan in national security law: MAC

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Andrew Hsia (???), minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Wednesday that a national security law passed earlier in the day by the standing committee of China's National People's Congress "was very rude to us." Hsia said he already stated the MAC's position and had protested against Beijing's improper move, when he met with Zhang Zhijun (???), minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office of Beijing's State Council, in early May when contents of the draft law were first revealed. The bill, which was passed Wednesday, states that "the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China cannot be divided. Maintenance of national sovereignty and territorial integrity is a shared obligation of all the Chinese people, including compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan." Hsia said the MAC will protest again against the bill. He said the Taiwan government has emphasized many times that Beijing should face the reality that each side of the Taiwan Strait is administered by a separate political entity, and that cannot be changed unilaterally. The ruling Kuomintang issued a statement Wednesday evening, saying that it holds fast to the Republic of China's sovereignty and that under the framework of the Constitution, the future of the ROC will be decided by its 23 million people. The law unilaterally drafted and passed by Beijing can neither alter the will of Taiwanese people nor determine the future of Taiwan, the KMT said. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), meanwhile, demanded that the government respond to the issue with grave seriousness to safeguard national interests and dignity. DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (???) said Beijing did not respect the feeling of Taiwanese people, and its latest move was not acceptable to Taiwan's society. (By Y.L. Chou, S.P. Yeh, M.H. Huang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:10 GMT+08:00