Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few “troublemakers” in Hong Kong and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.
Nevertheless, Ting warned Taiwan people of “possible risks” when visiting Hong Kong in light of the legislation. He did not elaborate.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters she was “very disappointed” by China’s imposition of the law, which proved that the “one country, two systems” formula, which Beijing has suggested could be 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,” said Tsai, who became in May the first government leader anywhere to pledge help for Hong Kong people spurred to leave.
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, Taiwan is set to launch a dedicated office to help those thinking of fleeing.
Beijing denies stifling Hong Kong’s freedoms and has condemned Tsai’s offer. (Reporting by 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)