Taipei, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) confirmed on Thursday that high-profile Hong Kong film producer Charles Heung Wah-Keung (向華強) has applied to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) for a dependent alien resident card.
“Heung’s application for residency is being handled by the NIA in line with the Regulations Governing Residency or Permanent Residency for People of the Hong Kong Area and the Macau Area,” MAC spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) told a regular news briefing.
Heung and his son Jacky Heung (向佐) entered Taiwan in September for business reasons and their three-month stay can be extended for another three months, Chiu said.
It is understood the Heungs submitted their applications to the NIA during their current stay in Taiwan.
Several reporters at the news conference questioned their reasons for applying for a dependent alien resident card, because of the Heungs’ well-known pro-China views.
Heung has also publicly voiced his support for a controversial national security law that Beijing enacted in Hong Kong earlier this year.
Heung’s Taiwanese wife, Tiffany Chen (陳嵐), also expressed sympathy with the Hong Kong police and condemned pro-democracy youth when a proposed China extradition bill sparked an outcry among local residents in the middle of last year.
Jacky Heung’s background as an All-China Youth Federation member under the Communist Youth League of China was also raised by reporters at the news conference, citing several Hong Kong youth groups in Taiwan that say the government should not allow Hong Kongers who back China to reside in Taiwan.
In response, Chiu said “the government has noticed the high degree of attention that Taiwanese society is paying to this case” and the MAC “will respect the decision made by the agency in charge.”
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel