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Taiwan urges countries to unite as it fears China ‘hostage diplomacy’

Taiwan urged democratic countries on Thursday (July 16) to unite against the "autocratic" expansion of Beijing, given the  possibility that China could use the newly imposed national security law in Hongkong for "hostage diplomacy."

The national security law came into effect last June 30, giving Beijing the broad power to shape life and crack down on a variety of political crimes in Hong Kong.

According to Chen Ming-tong, head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy body, this law could probably allow Beijing to carry out "hostage diplomacy," threatening even the international community's democracy.

He added that democratic countries should "stand united in order to effectively counter China's expansion in an autocratic nature."

Meanwhile, President President Tsai Ing-wen warned of "countermeasures" if ever the new law cause any damage to Taiwan. Tsai ever since has been firm on her stand that their country is a de facto sovereign nation and not part of "one China."

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