China regime says Taiwan independence backers will be blacklisted

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China has said it volition clasp those who enactment “Taiwan independence” criminally liable for life, provoking choler and ridicule from the land astatine a clip of heightened hostility betwixt the neighbours.

For the archetypal time, China has spelled retired the punishment that awaits radical deemed to backmost independency for Taiwan – apical officials of the self-ruled land among them.

China has not ruled retired utilizing unit to bring Taiwan nether its control, contempt the land operating arsenic an autarkic country, and its authorities vowing to support its state and democracy.

China’s Taiwan Affairs bureau has named the island’s premier, Su Tseng-chang, the parliamentary speaker, You Si-kun, and the overseas minister, Joseph Wu, arsenic being “stubbornly pro-Taiwan independence“, arsenic it made nationalist for the archetypal clip that it had drawn up a database of those falling into the category.

China would enforce punishment for those connected the database by not letting them participate the mainland and peculiar administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, spokeswoman Zhu Fenglian said connected Friday. Such blacklisted individuals would not beryllium allowed to cooperate with entities oregon radical from the mainland, nor their companies oregon entities that money them beryllium allowed to nett from the mainland.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council admonished China, saying Taiwan was a antiauthoritarian nine with regularisation of instrumentality and not ruled by Beijing.

“We bash not judge intimidation and threats from an autocratic and authoritarian region,” the assembly said, adding that it would instrumentality the “necessary countermeasures to safeguard the information and wellbeing of the people”.

In a Twitter station connected Saturday, Wu wrote: “I’ve received countless notes of congratulations aft being blacklisted and sanctioned, for life, by the #CCP”, referring to the Chinese Communist party.

“Many are jealous for not being recognised; immoderate inquire wherever they tin use for it. To merit the uncommon honour, I’ll support warring for #Taiwan’s state and democracy.”

China says Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, is simply a separatist bent connected declaring ceremonial independence. Tsai says Taiwan is already an autarkic state called the Republic of China.