Written by: Zhou Lixi
Last update date: 2021-05-18 15:30
The government announced that the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan) will temporarily suspend operations from today (18th). During this period, the Hong Kong government will continue to use the hotline and GovHK website to handle enquiries and requests for help.
The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau stated that the decision this time has nothing to do with the epidemic in Taiwan, and no other supplements have been made. However, the authorities have stated that they were unable to send personnel to replace them due to the epidemic.
The staff of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan returned to Hong Kong at the beginning of this year, and no replacement was arranged.
The Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan expressed respect for the decision, but stated that the office was established based on the consensus of setting up offices with Hong Kong in 2011. It is "very regrettable" that the Hong Kong government unilaterally made the decision to suspend operations.
Last year, there were media reports that Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council no longer issued work visas to Hong Kong staff in Taiwan.
The government issued a press release today stating that the Taiwan Economic and Trade Office will operate immediately and temporarily. During this period, the Hong Kong government will continue to handle general enquiries and cases of Hong Kong residents seeking help in Taiwan through the 1823 and 1868 hotlines and the GovHK website, and provide assistance to Taiwan residents. Hong Kong related information.
In response to enquiries, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau pointed out that the temporary suspension of operations has nothing to do with the current epidemic in Taiwan, and that it has no other supplements at this time.
The Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan also responded to the incident, expressing respect for the decision of the Hong Kong government, but stated that the decision was made unilaterally by the Hong Kong government, and at the same time stated that the Taiwan Office in Hong Kong would continue to operate, "protecting my rights and interests in Hong Kong," and that it is Taiwan and Hong Kong. Public service.
At the beginning of the year, the staff of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan returned to Hong Kong. The Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau pointed out to the media that personnel exchanges between the two places have been restricted due to the epidemic, so it is temporarily unable to arrange personnel to replace them in Taiwan.
At that time, the Taiwan Office had 12 staff members, 4 of whom were dispatched from Hong Kong, and the rest were local recruiters from Taiwan.
The bureau stated at that time that it would try to find suitable personnel to be stationed after the personnel exchanges between the two places returned to normal. At that time, it also stated that the operation of the office was not affected.
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