Taiwanese who came to Hong Kong and incited the use of force in defence of the island in the event of a mainland invasion might face criminal charges under proposed national security laws, according to Solicitor-General Bob Allcock. Defending the legislation that is designed to satisfy Article 23 of the Basic Law, Mr Allcock said advocating Taiwanese independence in a peaceful manner would not be a crime. But he conceded that anyone inciting use of force against Beijing if it attacked Taiwan would be liable under the planned anti-sedition laws. 'If someone comes to Hong Kong and starts inciting people to use force to resist the law . . . then it could be an offence,' he said on ATV's Newsline last night. He stressed that the proposed definition of secession was no broader than the colonial statute that gave Britain similar protection. The government's plan to criminalise seven offences related to national security, unveiled last week, has provoked fears that freedoms could be put at risk. Pro-Taiwan groups yesterday voiced concern that their annual celebration of Taiwan's national day on October 10 would be seen as an act of secession. Speaking at RTHK's City Forum yesterday, Basic Law Committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu said the legislation was needed to prevent Hong Kong becoming a 'subversive base'. Ms Tam said the June 4 crackdown in Beijing in 1989 had highlighted the need for legislation. But she added: 'The present proposals do not seek to ban anyone or [any] groups that have been associated with June 4.' Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun urged the government to adopt a more liberal approach, saying Hong Kong was a model for a peaceful reunification of Taiwan and the mainland. Bar Association chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit stressed details of the proposed offences should be spelled out in the form of a white paper for consultation. But acting Permanent Secretary for Security Timothy Tong Hin-ming said the legal language could be too complicated and confusing even for experts.