Murder suspect Chan Tong-kai leaves custody in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Why a dispute over a Hong Kong murder suspect is giving Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen an election edge

  • The row over Chan Tong-kai’s case is amplifying the ruling party’s position as an upholder of the island’s ‘sovereignty’, analysts say
  • But Tsai ‘will need more than the furore’ to win next year’s presidential race
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Murder suspect Chan Tong-kai leaves custody in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
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Murder suspect Chan Tong-kai leaves Pik Uk Correctional Institution on Wednesday. Photo: Bloom

Taiwan officers can accompany murder suspect Chan Tong-kai from Hong Kong to island – as long as he agrees and they don’t use legal power in city, experts say

  • Case sparked a row between Hong Kong and Taipei as sides tangled over how Chan, who intended to turn himself in to Taiwan, could be handled
  • Taiwan had offered to send police officers to pick up the suspect, a suggestion dismissed by the Hong Kong government as ‘totally unacceptable’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Murder suspect Chan Tong-kai leaves Pik Uk Correctional Institution on Wednesday. Photo: Bloom
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