Chinese Scholar Calls for Beijing to Draft 'Taiwan National Security Law'

China should draft a "Taiwan national security law" and make preparations for a "non-peaceful reunification" of the self-governing island, a Beijing law professor told thought leaders on Wednesday.

Tian Feilong, a proponent of the sweeping national security law introduced for Hong Kong this summer, suggested the time was ripe for the Chinese leadership to take lessons learned in the former British colony and apply them to democratic Taiwan.

Tian, who is an associate law professor at Beihang University, was among more than 110 scholars invited to discuss Taiwan and its changing public opinion at a seminar in Xinyang, in central China's Henan Province, according to Hong Kong's China Review News Agency.

At the 29th annual event hosted by the All China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots, a Beijing-backed think tank, Tian said insights gained by governing Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" model would be crucial in helping Beijing to make a breakthrough on its "Taiwan issue."

The Hong Kong national security law, which prohibits acts of treason, secession, sedition and collusion with foreign powers, includes articles which would deter Taiwan's independence movement, Tian argued.

He said China should initiate the necessary mechanisms to draft a Taiwan national security law, with the view of preparing for the preliminary stages of the legislation.

Tian also suggested amendments to China's Anti-Secession Law of 2005 in order to make preparations for a "non-peaceful reunification" of the self-ruled island of 23.5 million people.

Sanctions against individuals or groups engaging in Taiwan independence activities would also be necessary. Beijing could amend relevant laws to allow for the "justified and precise" imposition of sanctions to deter "extreme secessionist forces" and "foreign interference," he added.

Tian's remarks show similarities with Beijing's proposed "wanted list" of pro-independence leaders in Taiwan. While details of China's "Taiwan secessionist" blacklist remain vague, reports suggest the island's president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her premier, Su Tseng-chang, will likely be included.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed Beijing's desire to bring Taiwan under the Communist Party's control at all costs. With compliance in Hong Kong and Xinjiang now seemingly guaranteed, analysts say Taiwan is now Xi's final hurdle on the road to dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing was now "in control" of any and all future developments in the Taiwan Strait, Tian said.

He did not elaborate on how a proposed national security law might be enforced in Taipei, but coupled with his anticipation of a non-peaceful reunification, he appears to be alluding to the legislation working in concert with a military takeover.

Newsweek has contacted Tian for comment.

Since being enacted on June 30, the Hong Kong national security law has facilitated the arrest of some 40 residents in the semi-autonomous city, although only four have been charged with related crimes.

On Friday, Hong Kong police confirmed that media tycoon Jimmy Lai had been charged with colluding with foreign forces. The 73-year-old publishes the anti-Beijing newspaper Apple Daily in Hong Kong and Taiwan. A court appearance is scheduled for Saturday.

Lai, who was born in Guangzhou in southern China, has been a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party and encouraged the United States to impose sanctions in response to the national security law, which is itself a violation of the sweeping legislation.

In July last year, Lai met with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Hong Kong. The administration of Donald Trump hit officials in China and Hong Kong with a series of sanctions this year.

Tian, the Beijing professor, told Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Friday on Friday that Lai could be jailed for life.

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