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Democratic activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan slam China’s watch list of critics

The list includes the names of prominent boosters of Taiwanese independence, Beijing-backed newspaper Ta Kung Pao and Bloomberg News reported.

Democratic activists in Taiwan and Hong Kong cried foul over China’s heavy-handed decision to compile a global list of critics who have voiced views endorsing independence from communist Beijing.



The list could include activists both in Taiwan and abroad as well as funders of activities that clash with the mainland, Ta Kung Pao said.

The newspaper is among the media outlets controlled by China’s government through its Hong Kong Liaison Office.

Moreover, state broadcaster Shenzhen Satellite TV noted in a commentary over the weekend that secession was considered a crime by the national security law imposed on Hong Kong in June.

The same law also covers those advocating for Taiwan’s independence.

The law also includes a provision that applies to non-residents residing overseas engaged in anti-Beijing activities.

Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, 27, who fled to London from the former British colony before the security law took effect, said the reports showed that Beijing is waging a campaign of fear.

“The list will definitely impose a stronger level of white terror and send a…

Carl Campanile

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