Academics urge against office closure

PATIENCE: Shutting the nation’s representative office in Hong Kong would not have any strategic value and put Taiwanese in the territory at a disadvantage, two academics said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 19, 2020
By: Chung Li-hua and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A string of Chinese and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region flags are pictured on Lamma Island in Hong Kong on July 2.
Photo: Bloomberg

Academics yesterday urged “professional assessment” by the government in response to calls to close the nation’s representative office in Hong Kong.

Taiwanese officials in Hong Kong have been told that their visas would not be renewed if they do not sign a document supporting Beijing’s claim to Taiwan under its “one China” principle, sources have said.

Several officials at Taiwan’s de facto Hong Kong consulate who were due to renew their visas have been asked by the Hong Kong government to sign the document, Reuters on Friday quoted a senior Taiwanese official with knowledge of the matter as saying.

The media reports prompted increasing calls from Taiwanese online for the government to take a tough stance by closing its Hong Kong office.    [FULL  STORY]

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