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Taiwan Responds to China’s Execution Threat Against ‘Diehard’ Independence Advocates

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In a bold response to escalating tensions, Taiwan has issued a stern travel advisory warning its citizens against unnecessary travel to mainland China. This precautionary move comes on the heels of China’s announcement that it may impose the death penalty on Taiwanese deemed “diehard” supporters of independence. The warning, which extends to Hong Kong and Macau, reflects growing safety concerns as China intensifies its stance on what it views as separatist activities.

During a press conference, Liang Wen-chieh, spokesperson for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), highlighted the seriousness of the situation. “There are indeed risks involved,” Liang stated, citing recent incidents of Taiwanese citizens being detained and interrogated in China. He explained that the new legal guidelines issued by Beijing specifically target advocates of Taiwan’s independence, creating a precarious environment for travelers.

President Lai Ching-te, a vocal advocate for Taiwan’s sovereignty, condemned China’s threats. “Democracy is not a crime; it’s autocracy that is the real evil. China has absolutely no right to sanction Taiwan’s people just because of the positions they hold,” Lai declared, emphasizing Taiwan’s commitment to democratic principles. He urged Beijing to recognize the existence of the Republic of China and engage in meaningful dialogue, warning that failure to do so would only deepen the divide between the two nations.

The new guidelines from China, reported by the state-run Xinhua News Agency, are severe. They allow Chinese courts to prosecute and potentially execute Taiwanese independence advocates in absentia, targeting those who allegedly cause “grave harm to the state and the people.” Sun Ping, an official from China’s Ministry of Public Security, ominously stated, “The sharp sword of legal action will always hang high,” underscoring China’s intent to crush dissent.

Taiwan’s government remains resolute in its defiance. The MAC firmly asserted, “The Beijing authorities have absolutely no jurisdiction over Taiwan, and the Chinese communists’ so-called laws and norms have no binding force on our people.” This statement reflects Taiwan’s unwavering stance on self-governance and its rejection of external pressures from Beijing.

The advisory raised Taiwan’s travel alert for China, Hong Kong, and Macau to the second-highest level, indicating that unnecessary travel should be avoided. This decision follows years of tightening national security laws in these regions, which have increasingly threatened the safety of Taiwanese citizens abroad. Liang emphasized that the advisory is a precautionary measure, not a ban, urging citizens to avoid discussing sensitive topics if travel is necessary.

China’s aggressive posturing is not new; it has long considered Taiwan part of its territory. Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly expressed his willingness to use force to bring the island under Beijing’s control. Recent months have seen a surge in military drills around Taiwan, which are often conducted in response to diplomatic engagements between Taiwan and other nations, particularly the United States.

The international community is closely monitoring the situation, aware of its potential global implications. The United States and other countries have expressed support for Taiwan’s right to self-governance. As tensions rise, global leaders are urged to stand by Taiwan and deter any aggressive actions by China that threaten peace and stability in the region.

The specter of conflict looms large, with analysts warning that China’s actions could be a prelude to more aggressive measures. As President Lai Ching-te navigates these turbulent waters, Taiwan’s resolve is still unbroken. But this will not come to a head until China actually prosecutes Taiwaneses citizens

But note that Taiwan is not threatening reciprocation, rather walking the tightrope of firm response versus capitulation so as not to make China angry. This is bullying behavior on China’s part, and unfortunately, Taiwan is in a lonely spot. If China had made this threat against the U.S. it would be considered a threat of war, and would be dealt with appropriately – reciprocity at the very least.

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