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LTN: HK Government Suddenly Closed Representative Office in Taiwan

Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) recently reported that the Hong Kong government just officially announced the suspension of the operation of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) in Taiwan, which is the Hong Kong government representative’s office. The announcement clarified that the suspension has nothing to do with the current pandemic situation in Taiwan. This move is widely considered as the first step in closing down The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong, which is the representative office of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Hong Kong. Currently the Hong Kong government has already stopped the renewal of visas to the personnel of the Taipei Office in Hong Kong. In the past few years, since Taiwan strongly supported the democracy movement in Hong Kong and the movement against the Hong Kong National Security Law, the Taiwanese government has had a difficult relationship with the Hong Kong government. Analysts expressed the concern that the suspension, along with the potential closure of the Taipei Office in Hong Kong will bring a lot of difficulties for the Hong Kong residents who want to move to Taiwan.

Source: LTN, May 18, 2021