Taiwan’s personnel in Hong Kong still not granted visa extensions Land Commission reiterates Taiwan never belongs to China

Cross-strait relations continue to decline, while at the same time, eight official staff members of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong, whose visas in Hong Kong will expire one after another before the end of the year, have not yet been renewed by the Hong Kong government. The Land Commission called on the Hong Kong government to renew the visas with the well-being of the people of Taiwan and Hong Kong in mind, and the Taiwanese side will try to keep the office in Hong Kong operating until the last minute. The Council also stressed that Taiwan will never be a part of the People’s Republic of China.

The government has repeatedly called on the Hong Kong side to renew the visas for Taiwan and Hong Kong personnel with the well-being of the people of Taiwan and Hong Kong in mind,” said Chiu Chui-cheng, deputy head of the Land Commission.

Qiu Chuizheng said: should not set unnecessary obstacles, hope to return to the past both sides of the established basis of consensus, to deal with the relevant issues, to maintain normal exchanges between Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as to protect the rights and interests of the public on both sides, in order to protect the rights and interests of the people in Hong Kong, we have also prepared various response programs, the timely start of the agency mechanism, then maintain the normal operation of the management office, in order to protect the rights and interests of the people, we will adhere to the end, to protect the rights and interests of the people. To protect the rights and well-being of the people of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Chiu Chui-cheng said he hoped the two sides would return to the consensus agreement signed in 2011, and pointed out that all Taiwan personnel in Hong Kong have been working in accordance with the contents of the consensus document, without change.

Taiwan’s acting director in Hong Kong, Gao Ming-cun, has not been approved by the Hong Kong government after he returned to Taiwan last year without having his visa renewed, while the visas of Taiwan’s eight official staff in Hong Kong will expire one after another by the end of this year.

In addition to the eight Taiwan personnel stationed in Hong Kong, the office in Hong Kong still has 55 Hong Kong employees, currently activated the agency mechanism to maintain the relevant services.

After Tsai Ing-wen became president of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), cross-strait relations deteriorated and the Hong Kong and Macao governments successively required Taiwan’s local personnel to sign a “one-China pledge”. Taiwan. The Macau SAR government also never approved the visa for the Director-designate, Thomas Chang, creating a vacuum for Taiwan’s Director and Acting Director in Hong Kong and Macau.

The Hong Kong government also failed to propose a candidate to Taiwan for the post of Director of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan, Mr. Cheng Wai-yuen, after his term expired. The Hong Kong government officials stationed in Taiwan have returned to Hong Kong after the expiration of their visas one after another, and are now represented by Deputy Director Zhu Hao in the relevant positions.

In addition, the spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhu Fenglian, said on Wednesday (12) that the San Francisco Peace Treaty is an “illegal and invalid historical scrap of paper”, which is a product of a very small number of Western countries during the Cold War period, and is a reckless violation of international law and interference in the internal affairs of other countries. The Deputy Chairman of the Land Commission, Qiu Chui-cheng, said that regardless of international law, historical facts and cross-strait realities, the Republic of China is a sovereign state and Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China, nor will it ever be.

The government will still handle cross-strait affairs in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of China and the Regulations on Cross-Strait Relations, and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said Chiu. We will not accept the Chinese Communist authorities’ unwillingness to face up to the Republic of China and respect Taiwan’s public opinion, as well as our country’s order of freedom, democracy and constitutional government, and to undermine the principles of international law and international relations.

In response to the Taiwan Affairs Office’s accusation that Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu Chiu-Shep is a recalcitrant Taiwan independence activist, Chiu responded that the Taiwan Affairs Office has no right to make unreasonable accusations against Taiwan’s government officials, especially since this kind of narrative about the law of the day only highlights the authoritarian and brutal nature of the Chinese Communist Party, which is trying to use intimidation to force a compromise.

The Taiwan Constitution Foundation, a pro-independence group, held a seminar recently, saying that after the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect in 1952 and Japan formally renounced its sovereignty over Taiwan and the Penghu Islands, Taiwan’s international law is still undetermined and its territorial sovereignty does not belong to China, so it should be constitutionalized as a normalized country.