After Hong Kong: China sets sights on solving ‘the Taiwan problem’

After Hong Kong: China sets sights on solving ‘the Taiwan problem’

Soon after China imposed thenew national security law that effectively ended Hong Kong’s limited autonomy, a hawkish legal academicin Beijing spelt out a warning to Taiwan.

The law was not just about ending a year of protests in Hong Kong, Tian Feilong said in an interview with DW News, it was also sending a message to Taipei – and to Washington, which has recently approved new arms sales and high-level visits by US officials to self-rule Taiwan.

The provisions being used to crush dissent across Hong Kong could provide a template, he argued, for tackling “the Taiwan problem”.

“I believe that in the future, you could just change the name of the Hong Kong national security law, and substitute instead ‘Taiwan national security law’,” said Tian.