According to a senior official, Taiwanese workers working at the island’s representative office in Hong Kong will begin departing the Chinese-run city on Sunday after the government there asked that its officials sign a declaration endorsing Beijing’s claim to Taiwan.
Chinese-run Hong Kong has become a source of friction between Taipei and Beijing, particularly since Taiwan denounced a Beijing-imposed security regulation and began allowing Hong Kongers to live on the island.
Only local personnel would remain at the office, according to Lin Fei-fan, deputy secretary general of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
The Hong Kong office would “modify its business handling manner” beginning Monday, it noted, adding that “essential operations” will be maintained.
It further stated that no such “one China” letter will be signed by Taiwanese employees.
Last month, Hong Kong shut down its Taiwan representative office, condemning Taipei for interfering in internal affairs in “gross” ways, including with its offer to help “violent” demonstrators, which Taiwan denied.
On Wednesday, the government of Macau followed suit.