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Taipei Taiwan’s government on Thursday vowed to defend an academic accused by Chinese media of breaking Hong Kong’s national security law by writing an article mainland media claim was pro-Hong Kong independence. “Our country is a sovereign state and Hong Kong’s national security law is not applicable in the society of Taiwan. Not to mention our people,” Chiu Chui-cheng, a spokesperson for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which handles dealings with Beijing, told a press conference. Wu Rwei-ren, a researcher at Academia Sinica-Institute of Taiwan History in Taipei, wrote the article, entitled “For an Unfinished Revolution,” in early 2020. On January 6, a Chinese state newspaper in Hong Kong, Ta Kung Pao, criticised the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong for awarding Wu a human rights prize for the article.  Ta Kung Pao reported that Wu could face up to life imprisonment if found to have broken Hong Kong’s national security law. (Agencies)
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