Taiwan took a big step after China’s threat, made this appeal to its citizens

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China on June 21 threatened to impose the death penalty in extreme cases for “hardcore” Taiwan independence separatists who split the country and commit secession crimes in accordance with the law and safeguard China’s national sovereignty. The provocative remarks were condemned by Lai and his government as well as the US.

The Taiwan government has extended its travel warning for citizens wishing to visit China and Hong Kong, telling them not to go unless absolutely necessary, following Beijing’s alleged threat last week to execute those it considers staunch supporters of Taiwan independence. The threat from China, which considers Taiwan its territory, has further inflamed already simmering tensions between the country and Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te, who advocates independence.

China on June 21 threatened to impose the death penalty in extreme cases for “hardcore” Taiwan independence separatists who split the country and commit secession crimes in accordance with the law and safeguard China’s national sovereignty. The provocative remarks were condemned by Lai and his government as well as the US.

Liang Wen-chih, spokesman for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, told reporters that the enhanced travel warning also applies to the Chinese-run cities of Hong Kong and Macau. He said the guidelines reflect a serious threat to the safety of Taiwanese people visiting China, in addition to other measures China has taken to strengthen its national security laws. “If it’s not necessary to go, don’t go,” he said. He said it is not a travel ban and is about protecting Taiwanese people and reminding them of the risks rather than a countermeasure. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It said on Wednesday that the guidelines were only for the bad words and actions of a very small number of independence hardliners.

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