Taiwan seeks to block Chinese website promoting 31 measures

National security considerations play a key role in the move: NCC

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The NCC has requested blocking a Chinese website (screenshot from www.31t.tw)

The NCC has requested blocking a Chinese website (screenshot from www.31t.tw)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) confirmed it was taking measures Friday to block a Chinese website promoting Beijing’s so-called ’31 Measures’ by the end of the day.

China issued the measures last year in a bid to attract more Taiwanese and win sympathy from the public, but they have generally been described as propaganda in favor of Beijing’s cause to annex the island.

Due to “national security needs,” the NCC had asked the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to shut off the web domain www.31t.tw, the Central News Agency quoted an NCC spokesman as saying. If the request was accepted, Taiwanese netizens would in effect no longer be able to access the website, according to CNA.

Earlier in the month, the NCC also announced plans to ban Taiwanese broadcasters and telecom operators from using equipment supplied by China.

Out of national security considerations, the commission had decided to amend regulations to cover equipment used in areas such as satellite television, broadcasting and telecommunications.