Taiwan passed a controversial bill against China's growing influence in its state
Taiwan passed a controversial bill against China's growing influence in its state.
According to foreign news agency AFP, the move comes from Taiwan at a time when the election of a new president is less than two weeks away.
The 'anti-infiltration bill' introduced by Taiwan's President Sai Eing Wen's ruling party, became law despite opposition from the opposition party Komintang (KMT).
Under the aforementioned law, foreign 'enemies' will be banned from activities such as campaigning, lobbying, collecting political donations, disrupting the social system or spreading fake news related to elections.
According to the law, the violator can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 323 million.
Taiwan's opposition party MT refrained from voting on the bill and raised play cards based on 'condemnation of Satanic law' during a sit-in in parliament.
He urged voters to defeat Sai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the January 11 elections.
Outside the parliament, dozens of Chinese supporters rally banners on terror-related topics against the Taiwanese president and his party, the DPP.
Taiwan's president declared the vote a war of independence and democracy for his country.
He said the bill was in response to 'concerns about China's infiltration into Taiwanese society'.
After the passage of the bill, DPP lawmaker Wang Ting Yu said, "We passed the bill to stop China, which is Taiwan's only threat."
He said (the law) prevents China from polluting, manipulating or destroying Taiwan's democratic activities by its power.
It should be noted that in July this year, China demanded the US to immediately cancel the sale of $ 2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Gang Shuang said during a press briefing that China had registered regular complaints through diplomatic channels, expressing dissatisfaction and opposition to the US move.
It is thought that after the end of the civil war in 1949, a separate government was formed from China in Taiwan, but Beijing considers it its territory, which, if necessary, will be recaptured by force.
China increased diplomatic and military pressure on Taipei after Taiwan's President Sai Ang Wen was elected in 2016, the president is affiliated with the Democratic Progressive Party, which refuses to consider Taiwan as part of 'one China'.