By Yimou Lee
TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan criticised Hong Kong on Monday in an escalating row over China’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan, prompting it to drag out officers from its consultant workplace within the Chinese language-run metropolis.
Taiwanese workers working on the island’s consultant workplace in Hong Kong began leaving the previous British colony on Sunday, after Hong Kong’s authorities demanded that the Taiwan officers signal a doc supporting Beijing’s “one China” declare to Taiwan.
“Their function clearly was to decrease our nationwide dignity and to pressure our workers to bow to the Beijing authorities,” Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council head Chiu Tai-san instructed reporters.
He mentioned following the “unreasonable” request from Hong Kong’s authorities, Taiwan may not ship officers to the monetary hub and needed to withdraw workers whose work visas had been about to run out.
“Our authorities stands agency in guarding nationwide dignity and lodges stern condemnation and a warning to the Chinese language Communist Get together and Hong Kong authorities,” he mentioned.
Hong Kong’s authorities, in an announcement to Reuters, mentioned Taiwan was “complicated proper and improper”.
“The Particular Administrative Area’s authorities should emphasise that Hong Kong and Taiwan belong to at least one China,” it added.
A senior Taiwan official acquainted with the matter instructed Reuters Hong Kong’s authorities had demanded Taiwan officers who refused to signal the doc depart the town by June 21.
Former colonial energy Britain handed Hong Kong again to China in 1997 beneath a “one nation, two programs” method aimed toward preserving the town’s freedoms and position as a global monetary hub.
China considers Taiwan its personal territory and has supplied the island the identical “one nation two programs” mannequin, beneath Chinese language sovereignty.
No main Taiwanese political events help the thought.
Hong Kong has change into one other supply of rigidity between Taipei and Beijing, particularly after Taiwan lambasted a brand new safety legislation that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong and started welcoming Hong Kong folks to choose the democratic island.
Chiu mentioned the workplace in Hong Kong would preserve operations however Taiwan will take “vital measures” if its presence there’s additional jeopardised. He didn’t elaborate.
Final month, Hong Kong suspended operations at its consultant workplace in Taiwan, accusing authorities there of “gross” interference in Hong Kong’s inside affairs, together with with its supply to help “violent” protesters, accusations Taiwan rejected.
Macau’s authorities suspended operations at its workplace in Taiwan on Wednesday.
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