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Officials said the Hong Kong government has demanded staff sign a letter supporting Beijing’s claim to Taiwan.

Jun 20, 2021

Taipei: Taiwanese staff working at the islands representative office in Hong Kong will begin leaving the Chinese-run city from Sunday, a senior official said, after the government there demanded its officials sign a document supporting Beijings claim to Taiwan.
Chinese-ruled Hong Kong has become another bone of contention between Taipei and Beijing, especially after Taiwan lambasted a security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing and began welcoming Hong Kongers to settle on the island.
Lin Fei-fan, deputy secretary general of Taiwans ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said only local staff would remain at the office.
This is because the Chinese Communist Party and the Hong Kong government continue to force our personnel stationed in Hong Kong to sign a one China commitment letter to recognise one China, he said on his Facebook page.
As a political prerequisite for the visa renewal, we will of course not accept it!
China sees democratically-ruled Taiwan as part of one China and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
Lin said Taiwan would never accept one China or one country, two systems, Beijings way of running Hong Kong under Chinese sovereignty it hopes to one day apply to the island.
Taiwanese honor guards hold a Taiwan flag at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. Credit:Getty Images
A senior Taiwan official familiar with the matter told Reuters seven Taiwan officials will return on Sunday afternoon, with the last remaining official to come back after visa expiry next month.
It is not acceptable for us to be politically diminished, the official said, pointing to the request to sign the document.