China says it will hold supporters of Taiwan’s independence criminally responsible for life

BEIJING: China will make people who support Taiwan independence criminally liable for life, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday (Nov 5).

This is the first time that China has spelt out concretely punishment for people deemed to be pro-Taiwan independence, as tensions rise between the mainland and the self-ruled island China claims as its own.

The office named Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang, Parliament Speaker You Si-kun and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu as people who are “stubbornly pro-Taiwan independence”, and made public for the first time it has drawn up a list of people who fall into this category.

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