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Taiwan blocks Chinese website over security concerns

2019/03/15 22:46:20

File photo of the Chinese website's homepage

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) said Friday it has blocked a Chinese website promoting Beijing's "31 Measures," which are aimed at attracting more Taiwanese to work, study, live or start businesses in China.

The move was made based on national security concerns, a NCC official said, noting that it had been notified by relevant national security agencies to request the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to shut off the web domain www.31t.tw by the end of the day.

As of 7:30 p.m., Internet users in Taiwan were no longer able to access the Chinese website.

China issued the measures last year to attract more Taiwanese to go to the mainland and win over the public, but they have generally been described as propaganda in favor of Beijing's cause to annex the island.

According to the official, the website was shut down for violating Article 34 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

The article stipulates that the content of the goods and services provided by the mainland Area shall not have any political propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party, nor violate any current mainland policy, law or regulation of the government.

On Friday, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) welcomed the ban, noting that the measure was taken based solely on security considerations.

MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) told CNA that the Chinese website contains communist party propaganda and is a magnet for social unrest and public complaints.

The ban was purely an isolated case and the government will not seek to inspect or block any Internet webpage for no apparent reason, Chiu said, adding that the freedom of speech will always be valued and cherished in Taiwan.

The "31 Measures" website was found to be registered under a company operated by the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, an administrative agency responsible for setting and implementing guidelines and policies related to Taiwan.

(By Miao Zong-han, Liu Lee-jung and Ko Lin)
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