Taiwan says Hong Kong requires Taiwanese officials to sign a “Single China Letter of Commitment” to obtain work visas.
The Taiwanese government has said it will “adjust” the operations of its Hong Kong office after authorities there demanded that Taiwanese officials sign a document supporting Beijing’s claim to Taiwan under its unique China policy.
Hong Kong, ruled by China, has become another bone of contention between Taipei and Beijing, especially after Taiwan insulted the security law China imposed on Hong Kong and began giving welcome Hong Kong dissidents to the island.
In a statement on Sunday, the Taiwan Continental Affairs Council said that since July 2018, the Hong Kong government “has repeatedly set unreasonable political conditions for staff visas in our Hong Kong office, demanding the signature of a “Letter of Commitment to a Single China” “.
This has prevented office staff from staying there or taking their places, he added.
“As of June 21, the Hong Kong office will adjust its business management method,” the council added, without giving details, although it said the office will maintain “necessary operations.”
Taiwanese staff will not sign any letter from a “single China,” he added.
China sees Taiwan democratically governed as part of a “single China” and has never given up the use of force to put the island under its control.
Last month, Hong Kong suspended operations at its Taiwanese representative office, blaming Taipei’s “dirty” interference in internal affairs, including its offer to help “violent” protesters, allegations rejected by Taiwan.
The Macau government followed suit on Wednesday and said it would suspend operations at its representative office in Taiwan.