Tsai enacts a law against Chinese interference in Taiwan

La presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing Wen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing Wen – Chan Long Hei / SOPA Images via ZU / DPA


The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing Wen, has promulgated on Wednesday a law to prevent China's interference in the affairs of the island, in the context of the escalation of tension between Beijing and Tapei.

Tsai enacts a law against Chinese interference in Taiwan
Tsai enacts a law against Chinese interference in Taiwan

Tsai has explained that the law punishes specific acts such as donations to political parties, financial involvement in electoral processes or those carried out under the orders of China. The maximum penalty is five years in jail and a fine of ten million Taiwanese dollars (about 300,000 euros)

“The Anti-infiltration Law is not directed against normal exchanges” between Taiwan and China, the Asian president said in a press conference held at the Presidential Office, according to the official news agency CNA.

Tsai has thus responded to criticism from the Taiwanese opposition, which reproaches the Government for having pushed for a law that does not offer a concrete definition of “infiltration.” The legal norm was approved last December 31 in a Parliament dominated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (PPD).

The president, who won a second term in the presidential elections of January 11, has made her anti-China stance the flag of her Government. The Taiwanese leader opposes the intention of the Xi Jinping Executive to impose on the island the principle 'one country, two systems', which governs in Hong Kong.

Taiwan has had its own government since 1949, when the Kuomintang and his followers, led by General Chiang Kai Shek, arrived on the island after being defeated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of Mao Tse Tung in the civil war.

Since then he has struggled to be recognized as an independent State, something that he achieved briefly until in 1979 the Jimmy Carter Administration changed its recognition from Taipei to Beijing, dragging it to other countries.

The territory was democratized in the 90s while assuming the so-called '1992 consensus', a tacit recognition between the Kuomintang and the CCP that there is only one China, although each party is free to define it.

The spokesman for the China Office for Taiwan Affairs, Ma Xiaoguang, has ratified on Wednesday China's commitment to the '1992 consensus'. “Shaking a mountain is easy, but shaking the '1992 consensus' is difficult,” he said during a press conference from Beijing, in the first reaction of the continent after the re-election of Tsai.

Ma has ensured that China will continue to promote contacts with Taiwan, announcing “a series of measures” to give “equal treatment and development opportunities” to Taiwanese people, especially young people, on the continent. “We are all part of the same family,” he claimed, in statements collected by Xinhua.

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