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China Confirms Watch List Targeting Taiwan Independence Backers

  • Reports of watch list have alarmed Taiwan, Hong Kong activists
  • Independence supporters living abroad will be targeted: China
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China confirmed it’s compiling a global watch list of Taiwanese independence backers it plans to “punish,” marking an escalation in Beijing’s pursuit of its critics.

“The list is only targeting the extremely few stubborn Taiwan independence activists and their funders, not targeting the majority of Taiwan compatriots,” Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a briefing on Wednesday. She didn’t provide details on the size of the list or specific names of people identified.