Written by: Wen Weiguang
Last update date: 2021-06-20 12:39
The Hong Kong and Macao SAR governments have temporarily closed their offices in Taiwan earlier. In Taipei, the Mainland Affairs Council stated today (20th) that the Hong Kong office will be adjusted from tomorrow (21st) to maintain necessary operations. Chairman Qiu Tai San will hold a press conference tomorrow to explain the situation.
The MAC pointed out that since July 2018, the Hong Kong government has repeatedly set unreasonable political conditions for the visas of office personnel and required the signing of the "First China Commitment Letter", which caused the Taiwan personnel to be unable to renew their stay or to take up their posts. It emphasized Taiwan’s firm refusal to stay. Unreasonable political suppression, and a solemn warning and condemnation of the Beijing authorities and the Hong Kong government.
The Hong Kong government approved Taiwan's repeated interventions in Hong Kong affairs last month
The MAC pointed out that all activities of the Taiwan office in Hong Kong comply with laws and regulations and have never exceeded the scope of business functions. Beijing and the Hong Kong government are responsible for the damage to Taiwan-Hong Kong relations and the rights and interests of the people.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported earlier that almost all of the personnel dispatched by Taiwan’s agencies in Hong Kong returned to Taiwan today. Only the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Hong Kong whose visas expired in July are in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong government closed its economic and trade office in Taiwan last month, and then issued a statement criticizing Taiwan for repeatedly interfering in Hong Kong affairs in recent years, causing irreparable harm to Hong Kong-Taiwan relations. Among them, it launched the so-called "Hong Kong aid project" and unilaterally took measures. The so-called "Taiwan-Hong Kong Service Exchange Office" was established under the Association to provide support to violent protesters and those who undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
The government also pointed out that a series of actions in recent years have severely damaged the relationship between Hong Kong and Taiwan, which has worsened the operating environment of the Economic, Trade and Cultural Affairs Office. Office staff have also been intimidated by radicals on the island, which has exposed the remaining residents to destabilizing factors.
The Hong Kong government suddenly shuts down the Taiwan Economic and Trade Office and approves the Taiwan authorities to repeatedly intervene in port affairs and support violent protesters
The Hong Kong Office of the Taiwan Affairs Office has no successor after returning to Hong Kong after serving the term. The MAC says it has never unilaterally imposed unreasonable restrictions
Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau