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Taipei examines ways to aid HK people at 'political risk'

Louis Won

Taipei has started to look at what kind of help it will offer to Hong Kong people whose freedom is at risk because of politics.

At a seminar on Hong Kong-Taiwan relations yesterday, vice-chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Yeh Chin-fong said government departments in Taipei involved in handling relations with Hong Kong had put forward proposals on the issue.

However, Ms Yeh said it was too early to disclose the details of what she called 'preliminary proposals' which were yet to be finalised.

The help would be in the form of executive measures for Hong Kong people at risk, through Taiwan's Hong Kong-Macau Relations Act.

The act, expected to be passed early next year, says Taipei should provide assistance for Hong Kong people whose freedom will be at risk because of their politics.

The legislation also says Taipei, if necessary, can set up a quota system to limit the number of Hong Kong people emigrating to the island.