MAC Finalizing "Humanitarian" Plan for Hong Kong|人道救援港人 陸委會主委提四大原則
China's National People's Congress passed the Hong Kong National Security Law. In response, ROC President Tsai Ing-wen has proposed a "humanitarian rescue action" plan that is being drawn up by the Mainland Affairs Council.
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong briefed lawmakers on the 28th on a "humanitarian rescue action plan" that would grant Hong Kong citizens residency, resettlement and care in Taiwan. Chen said the plan has not yet been finalized, but is based on four principles.
First of all, the program will be directed by the government. Second, the Mainland Affairs Council will consolidate efforts with other agencies. (Third), a non-governmental organization established by the government will execute and consolidate civil and cross-agency cooperation. Fourth, the government will draw up a budget to provide funding.
Asked about President Tsai Ing-wen's Facebook post on the suspension of Article 60 of the Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs, Chen said more observation and evaluation will be needed if China lowers Hong Kong's autonomy by promulgating the Hong Kong National Security Law.
Article 60 was written to remind Beijing of the value of a high degree of autonomy. This legislation reduces that value. In the future, will any policy decided by the Hong Kong government be the result of the Hong Kong government's autonomy, or the will of Beijing? This will have a certain impact on every aspect of our national security.
Chen said Taiwan's Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs and Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area differ in that one is political and the other is civil, and both are needed because Taiwan views Hong Kong as a political "third territory." However, Kuomintang lawmaker Chen Yu-jen pointed out Tsai promised support for Hong Kong during the anti-extradition protests last year but never backed up her promise with actual action. Chen called on the government to stop with its lip service.
Everyone here and all of our citizens are waiting for you to finalize a plan. It won't be later than you think. It won't? I was hoping you would have the plan ready for us today since the government said it wanted to do something like this before the election. I thought the government would have had a plan to show us ages ago. That's how deep my hopes for you are.
Both the council and National Immigration Agency say the number of Hong Kong citizens applying for visas, temporary residency and permanent residency rose in 2019 because of the protests, but neither will say how many applications have actually been received.
陸委會主委 陳明通 vs. 國民黨立委 陳玉珍表示：「(在座的各位，還有我們全國的人民，都在期待你趕快提出的方案。) 不會比你想像的晚。(不會嗎？我本來期待，你今天就會提出來，因為你們在選舉之前，就想這件事情，我想你們早就做好規劃，我對你的期待是如此的深。」
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