However, if Kaohsiung prosecutors decide to charge Niu and Cao for violating the Vital Area Regulations (要塞堡壘地帶法), they could face up to five years in prison. Cao might also be charged under the National Security Act (國家安全法) for photographing naval facilities.
While artistic freedom should be upheld, thoughtless stupidity or cupidity cannot be and should not be ignored. Jail terms would be overkill, but both men deserve to be roundly condemned — and fined — for their actions. National security must remain a priority, regardless of warming cross-strait ties.