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S EPT members of the Taiwanese commercial representation in Hong Kong have left Sunday the financial center following an ultimatum of the authorities From the city who have asked these employees to recognize China's sovereignty on the island, Taipei announced.
This measure occurs after the temporary suspension by Hong Kong and Macao of the activities of their office of representation in Taiwan, at the time when the economic and diplomatic pressure of Beijing is intensified on the island.
The Taiwan Continental Affairs Council, which deals with China's relations, claimed that the Hong Kong government demanded that its staff signs a document in which they engage "in favor of one China" .
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The official position of the authorities of Hong Kong and Macao vis-à-vis Taiwan is the same as that of Beijing, who sees the island as a rebel province destined to return to the fun of the mother-country, by force if necessary.
Taiwan is a territory of 23 million inhabitants which has its own democratically elected government.
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"China and the Hong Kong government uses the + promise of a single China + to affect rotation Staff and the normal functioning of our office in Hong Kong, "said Taiwan Continental Business Council on Sunday in a statement.
"We strongly reject irrational political repression that involves forcing our staff to sign the commitment to a single China, and we condemn (this measure) of the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities".
Macau follows Hong Kong in shuttering Taiwan office
Macau said Wednesday it was closing its representative office in Taiwan, following neighbouring Hong Kong which made the same move last month in protest at Taipei's support for pro-democracy activists. Her government is also a vocal supporter of democratic principles and has quietly helped open its doors to some Hong Kongers trying to escape Beijing's crackdown on dissent after huge democracy protests rocked the financial hub in 2019. jta/qanHong Kong and Macau are "semi-autonomous" Chinese cities, although foreign policy is all but dictated by Beijing and the central government has taken an increasingly more direct say in how both former colonies are run in recent years.
Seven staff members left Hong Kong by plane Sunday, said the deputy leader of this council, Chiu Chui-Cheng.
Only one Taiwanese employee remains in the office, although his visa expires next month and those who will remain local employees.
According to Mr. Chiu, Hong Kong's request compromises the City's commitment not to "interfere in Hong Kong's business, or do or say anything that affects Hong's stability and prosperity. Kong or who embarrasses the Government of Hong Kong ".
Taiwan is a major trading partner for China and Hong Kong, but the relationships between their governments deteriorate.
mid-May, Hong Kong had announced the temporary "suspension" activities of its office of representation in Taiwan, for political reasons, accusing Taipei of "excessive interference" in its affairs and to be "responsible for irreparable damage" in their relationships.
Macao announced last week a similar decision without bringing an explanation.
20/06/2021 12:14:41 - Hong Kong (AFP) - © 2021 AFP
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