Opposition Kuomintang lawmakers protest against the bill in the legislative chamber in Taipei on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Taiwan’s anti-infiltration bill is passed as opposition lawmakers protest

  • Legislation criminalises political activities backed or funded by ‘hostile external forces’ – referring to mainland China
  • Critics say it could have a chilling effect on the island, while Beijing accuses the ruling DPP of seeking electoral gain and creating enmity
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Opposition Kuomintang lawmakers protest against the bill in the legislative chamber in Taipei on Tuesday. Photo: AP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.