China arrests Taiwanese ‘advocating secession’

Chinese police arrested Yang Zhi-yuan, 32, a native of Taichung, on charges of “threatening national security” for promoting “Taiwan independence”.

Police in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, said Yang Zhi-yuan was arrested on August 3, on charges of “advocating secession” and illegally establishing the “Taiwan Kuomintang” in mainland China to support China. support the independence movement for the island of Taiwan.

Yang, who was born in Taichung, Taiwan, faces the death penalty if found guilty of “threatening national security” with these acts.

Yang Zhi-yuan, 32, was arrested in Wenzhou on August 3.  Photo: CCTV

Yang Zhi-yuan is escorted by two policemen in Wenzhou on August 3. Image: CCTV

On the same day, the Chinese government announced that it would crack down on those who promote “Taiwan secession” during the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council stated that “some stubborn separatists who support Taiwan independence are willing to become pawns of hostile forces against China abroad”. , inciting confrontation, and threatening peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The agency said Yang’s goal of forming a political party was to “promote Taiwan to become an independent sovereign state and join the United Nations”, calling for a “referendum to establish an independent state”. create”.

Yang was investigated for alleged secessionist activities and instigating secession. Chinese authorities did not specify when or why Yang was in Wenzhou.

China’s criminal law stipulates that a leader or key member of an organization that “conspires or acts to divide the country or undermine national unity” can be sentenced to between 10 years in prison and life in prison. and those who cause “serious consequences” can be sentenced to death.

Beijing expressed anger at Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which China considers supportive of the separatists. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and is ready to use force if necessary.

In addition to announcing a series of drills around the island, Beijing has also imposed economic sanctions on a number of Taiwanese industries, businesses and individuals.

Hong Hanh (Theo SCMP)

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