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President Tsai comments on clashes in Hong Kong and rejects China’s accusations of interference

President Tsai comments on clashes in Hong Kong and rejects China’s accusations of interference

 

Responding to the clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong in early August, President Tsai issued a statement on 12 August pointing out that violent suppression is not a solution. President Tsai called on the Hong Kong authorities to address the public’s aspirations for democracy and freedom, in order to return to peace and prosperity.

 

On 14 August, the president also responded to China’s accusation of interference from Taiwan in Hong Kong. She pointed out that such accusations are an insult to the Hong Kong people’s pursuit of freedom and democracy. President Tsai emphasised that Taiwan, as a democratic country and responsible member of the international community, is concerned about Hong Kong. She also urged Beijing and Hong Kong authorities not to blame the deteriorating situation on non-existent external forces or refuse dialogue with the public: “don’t make misjudgments and be condemned by history,” she stated.