Taiwan rejects permits for two Hong Kong officers as visa row escalates

Hong Kong/Taipei, July 23

The Hong Kong authorities stated on Tuesday that Taiwan had rejected the visas of two of its officers, underscoring rising bilateral tensions after Taipei criticised a safety regulation imposed on the monetary hub by Beijing.

The two Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) workers have returned house after their permits for residence in Taiwan had been rejected, the federal government’s Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau stated.

It declined to specify if the visas had been present ones or paperwork referring to new purposes.

Taiwan’s China coverage Mainland Affairs Council declined to verify the visa rejections, however stated Taiwan wanted to react accordingly to “defend the nation’s dignity” based mostly on equal and bilateral concerns, following “unreasonable limitations” set by the Hong Kong authorities.

It didn’t elaborate in a written response to Reuters.

The performing chief of Taiwan’s de facto consulate in Hong Kong returned to Taiwan on Thursday after refusing to signal a doc supporting Beijing’s declare on the island below its “one China” coverage as a situation for his visa renewal.

A senior Taiwan official informed Reuters on Friday that Taiwanese officers in Hong Kong had been informed their visas won’t be renewed until they signal the doc.

Beijing views Taiwan as a part of a single China and has by no means renounced the choice of utilizing of power to deliver the island below its management.

The Beijing-drafted regulation for Hong Kong, which took impact final month, punishes what China broadly defines as subversion or collusion with international forces with as much as life in jail. It has been broadly condemned overseas.

According to Hong Kong media, HKETCO had 13 workers positions in Taiwan. It was unclear which two workers had left.

The Bureau stated its work to advertise financial and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Taiwan was ongoing and had not been “seriously affected at the moment” by the visa rejections. Reuters

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