Taiwan pledges help for Hong Kong protesters seeking sanctuary

More than 30 protesters have arrived in Taiwan to seek shelter from prosecution

Taiwan’s government has said it will provide assistance to Hong Kong protesters seeking sanctuary, after local media reported dozens of activists involved in an unprecedented storming of the city’s parliament had fled to the island.

The pledge risks infuriating Beijing but comes as Taiwan gears up for a presidential election where a dominating issue will be relations with the mainland – which regards the self-ruled island as its own territory and has vowed to seize it.

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