Last year’s protests drew wide sympathy in democratic and Chinese-claimed Taiwan, which has welcomed people from Hong Kong who have moved to the island and expects more.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she was “very disappointed” by China’s move, adding that it showed the “one country, two systems” formula, which Beijing has mooted as a basis for unification with the mainland, “was not feasible.”
“We hope Hong Kong people continue to adhere to the freedom, democracy and human rights that they cherish,” Tsai told reporters.
Defending the law, Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, urged the international community to respect China’s right to safeguard security.
In a video message to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Lam said the city of 7.5 million had been “traumatized by escalating violence fanned by external forces.”
“No central government could turn a blind eye to such threats to sovereignty and national security, as well as risks of subversion of state power,” she said. (Reporting by Robin Emmott in Brussels; Guy Faulconbridge in London; Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Chang-Ran Kim and Ju-min Park in Tokyo and Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Writing by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Robert Birsel)