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Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

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Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman
China

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Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

2024-06-21 22:29 Last Updated At:23:07

The judicial guidelines on imposing criminal punishment on diehard "Taiwan independence" separatists only target a very small number of such people, said a mainland official on Friday, adding that the majority of Taiwan compatriots need not worry about the document.

Chinese authorities on Friday issued a set of guidelines on imposing criminal punishments on diehard "Taiwan independence" separatists for conducting or inciting secession.

The guidelines, jointly issued by the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and the ministries of public security, state security, and justice, take effect upon release.

At a press conference in Beijing, Chen Binhua, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, alleviated the concerns about future exchanges across the Taiwan Strait after the document was released.

"It is a common practice of countries in the world to use criminal judicial means to punish secessionist criminals and safeguard core national interests. Taiwan is part of China. China shall never allow separatist forces on the island to separate Taiwan from China in any name or by any means. It is reasonable, justifiable and lawful to punish die-hard 'Taiwan independence' separatists for conducting or inciting secession," said Chen.

"From the title to the text, the document clearly states that the criminal punishments only target a very small number of diehard elements with very bad separatist behaviors and carrying out rampant activities in seeking 'Taiwan independence', as well as their crimes. It doesn't affect the majority of Taiwan compatriots," Chen said.

"We hope Taiwan compatriots will adhere to the national interests, conform to the general trend of history, fully recognize the extremely harmful and destructive nature of the 'Taiwan independence' separatism, stand on the right side of history, and firmly oppose the 'Taiwan independence' separatism and external interference," he added.

The guidelines, based on the Anti-Secession Law, the Criminal Law and the Criminal Procedure Law, provide more specific rules concerning conviction and sentencing in the event of such crimes, as well as relevant procedures, serving as guidance for the judiciary in handling relevant cases.

According to the guidelines, relevant proceedings must be carried out following due process without prejudice to the litigation rights of the suspects or defendants, such as their right to defense and right to appeal.

The document also makes it clear that for diehard "Taiwan independence" elements, a trial in absentia may be applied.

The document urges all relevant authorities to give full play to their functions, severely punish the "Taiwan independence" diehard elements for conducting or inciting secession, and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

Judicial guidelines only target very few diehard 'Taiwan independence' separatists: spokesman

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Rapid customs clearance system launched among Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong

2024-07-18 11:46 Last Updated At:12:07

The "Cross-Border One-Lock" rapid customs clearance system among Fujian Province, Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was officially launched on Wednesday, enabling the real-time monitoring of the entire logistics process among the three regions through shared electronic locks and satellite positioning devices to facilitate seamless end-to-end transport.

Three trucks carrying export packages, electronic components, and other goods had been cleared by Xiamen Customs on Wednesday afternoon.

These vehicles departed from the Xiamen Cross-Border Express Supervision Center, the Xiamen Torch (Xiang'an) Bonded Logistics Center, and the Longyan Inland Port, respectively. They then traveled to the HKSAR via the Shenzhen Bay Port in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, marking the official commencement of the " One-Lock" rapid cross-border fast clearance system.

"Compared to the traditional cross-border transportation model, the 'One-Lock' system truly achieves one-stop clearance service right at our doorstep, eliminating the need for unloading, storage, and other fees at the Shenzhen Port, saving about 3,000 yuan per vehicle," said Deng Shengwei, Xiamen Regional Customs Manager at Tianma Group.

The "Cross-Border One-Lock" is a convenient customs supervision model that enables real-time monitoring of transport vehicles through the joint application of satellite positioning devices and smart security locks by customs authorities in Fujian, Guangdong, and the HKSAR. The system automatically verifies and clears cargo upon entry and exit at checkpoints.

"The 'One-Lock' business model involves customs supervision of import and export goods by HKSAR and Xiamen customs, with Shenzhen customs implementing automatic release during transit. This enables goods to be transported between the mainland and the HKSAR via road ports without changing vehicles or locks, ensuring automatic and rapid clearance. It allows for 24-hour round-trip transport and can effectively reduce logistics costs by about 28 percent and transportation clearance times by 30 percent," said Peng Haiyong, Director of the Xiamen Customs Port Supervision Division.

Rapid customs clearance system launched among Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong

Rapid customs clearance system launched among Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong

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