The Hong Kong government declared on the 23rd that they refuse to allow Taiwan's law enforcement to escort Chan Tong-kai back to Taiwan and said such request is a disrespect for Hong Kong's jurisdictional power. Premier Su Tseng-chang then criticized Hong Kong for allowing the criminal to roam free, and emphasized that if Hong Kong won't deal with it, Taiwan will.
The case of Chan Tong-kai has sparked a political wrestle between Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Mainland Affairs Council had requested to send officers to Hong Kong to escort Chan to Taiwan on the 22nd, but was rejected by the Hong Kong Government the next morning. The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said they saw it as a cross-jurisdiction law enforcement, which is a disrespect for Hong Kong's jurisdictional power and is totally unacceptable. In response, Executive Yuan Premier Su Tseng-chang criticized Hong Kong for allowing the criminal to roam free, and said that as soon as Chan sets foot in Taiwan, he will be arrested.
We want to send police to escort him back, but the Hong Kong government refuses, so we think that if Hong Kong doesn't deal with it, Taiwan will deal with it. So as soon as he enters Taiwan, we will arrest him. As long as he is in our country, we will arrest him and put him behind bars.
Su said Taiwan has never given up its judicial jurisdiction and a special cross-departmental task force has been set up a long time ago to deal with the case. As for whether Chan is allowed to surrender himself to the Taiwanese authorities, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung said that Taiwan did not refuse, but Chan needs to apply for a visa at the counter. Furthermore, there would be safety concerns for the flight that Chan takes, as he is a murderer.
Is he visiting for business? For vacation? No. So he can come, but he needs to apply for a visa at our counter. So we didn't refuse to let him enter, so why would there be such interpretation? The HKSAR government are manipulating information, that's why some of us are not sure what's going on and are following what they say. But that means these people are been used.
In response to Hong Kong's refusal for allowing Taiwan to send escorts, The Mainland Affairs Council issued a statement with six points. It said that Hong Kong deliberately gave up its jurisdictional power and delayed time on purpose such that the suspect became wanted and can no longer turn himself in. It also said that Hong Kong wrongfully released Chan and that has made Hong Kong into a criminal haven where murderers are able to walk free. It also earnestly admonishes the Hong Kong government to bear all the consequences.