Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong Chifung and other prominent pro-democracy activists arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, for a two-day visit.
Wong, a major figure in Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy protests, urged the Taiwanese people to organize their own demonstrations before China’s National Day in a bid to put more pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Joshua Wong urges Taiwanese to show support for Hong Kong: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, center, talks to the press with Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Luo Wen-jia, right, after meeting DPP political leaders in Taipei,… https://t.co/FklHf6AH34 pic.twitter.com/VgnXuiuG1h
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Wong, who is secretary-general of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy party Demosistō, told reporters at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that one of the main goals of his two-day visit to Taiwan is to seek for more support for the Hong Kong protesters.
Speaking at a press conference, Wong said, “The ‘One-Country, Two Systems’ is fully collapsed already.”
“We urge the people in Taiwan, that it is time to safeguard Hong Kong, and to support people in Hong Kong, to fight for free elections,” said Wong.
“We are strongly aware of the ‘White Terror’ and the chilling effect generated by Beijing on Hong Kong and Taiwan,” stated Wong.
The 22-year-old activist-politician touched on past mutual support and urged Taiwanese people to organize “mass mobilization before first of October.” Wong alluded to how the Hong Kong people had “supported the Sunflower Movement and how Taiwanese people supported the Umbrella Movement five years ago.”
“Now it is time for us to show solidarity,” said Wong, who continued, “In the past five years, during the Sunflower Movement and the Umbrella Movement, we would often say ‘Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan.’”
Wong said that now it should be “Today Taiwan, Tomorrow Hong Kong,” with the hope that “one day, Hong Kong could become a place with freedom and democracy like Taiwan.”
“Today HK and tmr Taiwan” may imply that China intends to rule Taiwan eventually as it does HK now. But I think the most ideal thing we’d say is Taiwan today, tmr HK. HK can be like Taiwan, a place for freedom & democracy. https://t.co/8Z5szDQFv5
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) September 3, 2019
Wong, Hong Kong legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, and Lester Shum, former deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, visited Taiwan at the invitation of the 1,000-member Light Foundation. The Taichung-based Light Foundation is an advocacy group affiliated with Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
Wong was scheduled to speak at Taichung on Tuesday evening and at a Taipei symposium on Wednesday.
Some Hong Kong pro-democracy activists fear the CCP will clamp down on the protests before China’s National Day on Oct. 1, which is the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China.
Wong disclosed that the Hong Kong police have arrested about 1,000 people and that he is hoping to explore ways Taiwan could help and protect those Hong Kong people who need to flee the island territory.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen expressed support for the anti-extradition bill protests. She is already working on plans to help Hong Kongers seeking protection to stay in Taiwan.
Wong said the two island territories share the same fate in that both are confronted with the oppression from the CCP.
The CCP has claimed authority over self-ruled Taiwan since the two became divided during the 1940s civil war. The communist regime has threatened to use military force, if needed, to unify Taiwan with mainland China.
Since 2016, when Tsai took office, Chinese authorities stepped up military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan.