Bashing of Han for meeting Chinese official in Hong Kong stepped up

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/24
By: Liu Kuan-ting and Evelyn Kao 

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Several city councilors have reiterated demands from a day earlier for Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to reveal what he and Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong discussed Friday, saying it was a basic responsibility of a government official.

Han met with Wang Zhimin (王志民), the director of the Chinese Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG HK), at the liaison office Friday evening and was invited to a dinner reception by Wang.

The meeting was not included in the itinerary of Han’s seven-day tour of Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Xiamen that began Friday put out by Han’s office prior to the trip, and it was harshly criticized by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday.

DPP officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), branded the LOCPG HK as a symbol of China’s imposition of the “one country, two systems” formula in Hong Kong, and questioned whether Han was helping China promote the system for Taiwan.

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