HK Suspends Operations at Representative Office in Taiwan as Tensions Rise

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HONG KONG/TAIPEI—Hong Kong government suspended on Tuesday operations at its representative office in Taiwan in a sign of escalating diplomatic tension between the mainland-ruled financial hub and the democratically-ruled island of Taiwan. Tensions between Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government and Taiwan have risen since Hong Kong saw Beijing push through a national security law which has suffocated pro-democracy protests that erupted in the former British colony in 2019. The imposition of the sweeping national security law prompted many of Hong Kong’s new dissidents to leave, some for Taiwan. A Hong Kong government representative did not provide an explanation for the decision to halt operations at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office, adding only that the decision was not related to the recent rise in coronavirus cases in Taiwan. “The suspension is not related to the pandemic situation in Taiwan. We do not have anything further to add,” the representative …

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