The Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece has accused Taiwan’s ruling party of meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.
In a commentary published on Sunday by People’s Daily under the headline “Cut down the black hands of the Democratic Progressive Party that destabilised Hong Kong”, the DPP was described as playing a disgraceful role in Hong Kong’s social unrest.
“Last year, since the Hong Kong unrest that stemmed from the extradition treaty, pro-independence forces in Taiwan and Hong Kong colluded to become a major destructive force that endangered China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the commentary.
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“The ruling DPP and Taiwan’s separatist forces made every effort to follow the US strategy of playing the ‘Hong Kong card’. They on one hand criticise the practice of ‘one country, two systems’ in the city to attack their own political rivals and win votes, while on the other hand support Hong Kong’s opposition forces and provide them assistance and training,” the commentary said.
The commentary said that the DPP claimed to “care about Hong Kong’s future” but only to disguise its actual aim of fuelling chaos in Hong Kong and smear and attack mainland China, and added that it was only concerned with its own interests.
But it said Hong Kong’s national security law, which has prompted widespread international criticism, meant the “collusion between Taiwan and Hong Kong’s separatist forces” would be “to no avail”.
Taiwan – which is seen by Beijing as a breakaway province that must eventually be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary – opened an office on June 1 to help handle the applications of people from Hong Kong who want to resettle on the island.
Before that at least 200 Hong Kong protesters were known to have fled to the island.
However, Shao Zonghai, a Taiwanese professor from Macau Polytechnic Institute, said although outsiders could see that many Taiwanese and Hongkongers had developed closer ties during last year’s protests, there was no concrete evidence that the island’s authorities had infiltrated the protest movement.
“Compared to the DPP, I think the real ‘black hand’ should be the United States. Beijing needs to be more careful about US infiltration in Hong Kong and the city’s own business tycoons rather than [Taiwan],” Shao said.
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