TAIPEI: The government of the Republic of China has reacted with anger to China’s recent enactment of a new security law, saying that Taiwan’s inclusion in the law adopted by Beijing on July 1 is “improper and unacceptable.”
“The ROC is a sovereign state outside the scope of mainland Chinese internal affairs,” Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia stressed during a news conference shortly after the announcement of the new law. “The government’s publicly-supported mainland China policy is to maintain the status quo in accordance with the ROC Constitution, as well as the principles of no unification, no independence and no use of force.”
Hsia said he “sternly protested” the bill to Zhang Zhijun, head of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, during a meeting on May 23. “Both sides should continue pursuing peaceful development going forward, building on the last seven years of successful bilateral exchanges while seeking to understand respective differences,” he said.
“Beijing must accept the fact that the two sides of the strait are separate governmental jurisdictions, and that any change to the status quo can only be decided by the 23 million people of Taiwan,” Hsia added.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Beijing has previously passed controversial legislation involving Taiwan, such as a 2005 anti-secession law interpreted to endorse military action against Taiwan to prevent a move towards independence.