Beijing says Taiwan asylum for HK protesters condones criminalsLocal | 19 Aug 2019 2:50 pm
China lashed out at Taiwan today over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully yesterday.
Taiwan's president made the asylum offer last month, though it's not clear if requests have been received.
Taiwan lacks a formal legal mechanism for assessing and granting asylum requests, although it has granted residency to several vocal opponents of the Chinese regime.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan's offer would "cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants'' and encourage their "audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a "heaven for ducking the law.''
Ma demanded that Taiwan's government "cease undermining the rule of law'' in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs and not "condone criminals.''-AP