Taiwan’s Hong Kong envoy ‘forced’ to leave

Taiwan's media said envoy refused to sign statement supporting Beijing's view that Taiwan is part of 'one China'

Asia Times
Date: July 17, 2020
By: AT Contributor

A demonstrator waves a flag during a rally to show support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protests at Free Square in Taipei on June 13, 2020. Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh

Taiwan on Friday said its top representative to Hong Kong has returned home due to “unnecessary political obstacles,” with local media reporting he refused to sign a pro-Beijing statement. 

China has been angered by Taiwan’s support for the city’s pro-democracy protests and the government’s decision to open an office to help Hong Kongers who want to relocate to the island.

Beijing’s new national security law, imposed on Hong Kong late last month, has further strained ties, ordering Taiwanese political organizations to declare staff and assets.

Kao Ming-tsun, the acting director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, “was forced to return to Taiwan because the Hong Kong side violated the consensus and set up unnecessary political obstacles,” said Chiu Chui-cheng, spokesman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s top China policy body.     [FULL  STORY]

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