After a recent, harsh security law was imposed on Hong Kong by Communist Chinese authorities many in the neighboring state of Taiwan (which is independent from China) now fear they may be next.
As Yahoo News reports:
The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island.
China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong’s communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary.
“The law makes me dislike China even more,” 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang told AFP, walking through National Taiwan University in Taipei.
“They had promised 50 years unchanged for Hong Kong but they are getting all the more heavy-handed… I am worried Hong Kong today could be Taiwan tomorrow.”
China has long been preoccupied with seizing control of Taiwan, in spite of threats from the United States that any such action could lead to war.