Anger in Taipei .. China lists supporters of Taiwan independence and threatens them with criminal responsibility

China said it would hold supporters of “Taiwan independence” criminally responsible for life, sparking a wave of anger and ridicule in Taiwan, at a time when tension between the two sides is escalating.

This is the first time that China has mentioned the punishment awaiting those it considers supporters of Taiwan independence, including senior officials on the self-ruled island, which Beijing considers part of its territory.

And the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing warned Friday that Beijing will continue to hold Taiwanese officials and supporters of the island’s independence criminally responsible, according to the law, for life.

Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tsing-chang, Parliament Speaker Yu Se-kun and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu are “strong supporters of Taiwan independence,” the office said in a statement, declaring for the first time that it had prepared a list of supporters.

The office added that China will punish those included in this list by denying entry to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, and those mentioned in the list will also not be allowed to cooperate with entities or individuals from the mainland, and their companies or entities that finance them will not be allowed to obtain a profit from the mainland. .

In response, the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council said that Taiwan is a democratic society governed by law, not Beijing, adding, “We do not accept intimidation and threats from an authoritarian totalitarian region, and will take necessary measures to respond in order to maintain the people’s interest and security.”

These statements came the day after French MP Raphael Glucksman, who is the head of a visiting European parliamentary delegation to Taipei, described Taiwan’s democracy as a “treasure” that must be protected, pledging to stand by the island.

On Thursday, Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to what was considered the first “official” delegation to Taipei from the European Parliament.

Beijing considers Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million, an integral part of Chinese territory, and has vowed to rejoin the island one day, by force if necessary.

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