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‘We’re next’: Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

SinoDaily.com reports: “The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island.

China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong’s communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary.

‘The law makes me dislike China even more,’ 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang told AFP, walking through National Taiwan University in Taipei.

‘They had promised 50 years unchanged for Hong Kong but they are getting all the more heavy-handed… I am worried Hong Kong today could be Taiwan tomorrow.’

Over the years China has used a mixture of threats and inducements, including a promise Taiwan could have the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ model that governs Hong Kong, supposedly guaranteeing key civil liberties and a degree of autonomy for 50 years after the city’s 1997 handover.

Both Taiwan’s two largest political parties long ago rejected the offer, and the new security law has incinerated what little remaining faith many Taiwanese may have had in Beijing’s outreach…”

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