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United Daily News: China's national security law may backfire

The standing committee of China's National People's Congress recently passed a national security law, which states that "maintenance of national sovereignty and territorial integrity is a shared obligation of all the Chinese people, including compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan." It is regrettable that Beijing did not make any change to the draft despite Taiwan's protest. By enacting the law, Beijing made three obvious mistakes. First, it overlooks the fact that the Republic of China is a sovereign state and that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are independent of each other. Second, it downgrades Taiwan's status by putting Taiwan on the same rank as Hong Kong and Macau. Third, it shows no respect for the feelings of the Taiwanese people. There is no denying that China's high-profile move is related to the increase in obstacles in cross-strait relations over the past two years. The cross-strait trade-in-services and trade-in-goods agreements have stalled, plans to set up representative offices in each other's territory have not come to fruition and communication and dialogue between the two sides has been disjointed. All these challenges are making Beijing worry about the prospect of cross-strait relations. Beijing's behavior has therefore become coarse and impatient. The most obvious example is a plan by Beijing to issue an electronic Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents. The decision was made unilaterally by China without consulting Taiwan. Given that Taiwan and China remain in a "belligerent" relationship, if one side is allowed to issue electronic documents and the other does not adopt corresponding measures, it will obviously be on unequal terms. In addition, if Beijing deliberately expands the use of the permit for other identification purposes, it many dilute the sovereignty of the Taiwan government. (Editorial abstract -- July 4, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-26 15:21 GMT+08:00