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During the G-7 Summit in June this year, G-7 communique highlights the importance of cross-strait peace and stability and Prof.Andrew Yang, Secretary General of Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies said stability across the Taiwan Strait is vital for global economic security adding that both sides of the Taiwan Strait should embrace a rules-based system to maintain peace and stability. China has violated the international norms, standards and principles of behaviour by flying 28 military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defence buffer zone in mid-June. The incursion is the largest since Chinese jetfighters approached Taiwan in September 2020.
July 1st marks the return of HK to China, and many say the HK authorities hope to use the crackdown on Apple Daily to serve as a warning to other journalists in Hong Kong, that is to kill the chicken to scare the monkey in Chinese saying. Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head said RSF adds that journalists who criticize the government will face some kind of punishment whether you are based in Hong Kong or not. If you are flying through Hong Kong, you are most likely to be detained at the airport. Even the journalists based in a foreign country who criticize China can be abducted to China, one example is the abduction of journalist and activist Li Xin wo went missing travelling from Thailand to Laos in 2016 and Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swiss citizen, a publisher of a Hong Kong bookstore for selling anti-Beijing books, went missing from Thailand in late 2015. Cédric Alviani said Gui Minhai is still under detention in China and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Chinese government in 2020. In the meantime, Taiwanese staff working at Taiwan’s representative office in HK had to leave HK recently because the HK demanded the Taiwanese officials to sign a document supporting Beijing’s claim to Taiwan, this has never happened before. The same here in Taiwan, the HK representative office in Taiwan as well as the Macau representative office have closed their offices in Taiwan on the ground that Taiwan has been supporting people who sabotage HK’s stability and prosperity.
Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head said RSF appeals to the UN to take immediate action concerning the freezing of Hong Kong media Apple Daily’s assets and arrest of senior staff. He said it will be sometime before the UN discusses the issue but he said he wants to raise the awareness of the international community especially democratic countries in the world to voice concern over the issue of the freezing of the asset of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily which leads to the closure of the newspaper on June 27th as they are not able to pay the salary of the staff and suppliers. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN), asking the organization to “take all necessary measures” to safeguard press freedom in Hong Kong. According to sources by RSF, Apple Daily, launched in 1995, was one of the last major Chinese-language media to still dare publish information contradicting the Beijing regime’s propaganda and editorials critical of its authoritarian policies, and for many years it was the target of harassment by government and pro-Beijing camps.
On June 17th police in Hong Kong raided the newsroom of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and arrested its editor-in-chief and four executives on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces. Around 500 police officers raided the headquarters of the he Apple Daily news forcing journalists to leave the office and seizing the computers. The Hong Kong authorities also froze the media outlet’s HK$18 million around US$2.3 million worth of assets. Taiwanese government described the raid as an attack on press freedom in Hong Kong. Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head said the raid and the arrests of the editor-in-chief and four executives show that the HK government will do anything in their power to silence one of the last independent media outlets and the press freedom in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Next Digital media group’s board of directors announced on June 23rd that Apple Daily will cease all its operations from June 27th due to the HK government’s decision to freeze its financial assets.RSF stated that they will take all necessary measures to safeguard the press freedom.
The director of Argentina Trade and Cultural Office, Mr. Miguel Alfredo Velloso said there have been a lot of exchanges going on between Taiwan and Argentina especially in the areas of art, movie, trade, Tango dance and education. Argentina is famous for its tourist attraction and it has everything to offer from UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Patagonia’s Glaciers National Park (Los Glaciares National Park) to the diverse wildlife in Mendoza and awe-inspiring views of Iguazú Falls.