Macau halts operation of its representative office in Taiwan

Macau’s representative office in Taiwan will temporarily suspend its operations starting Saturday, according to Macau authorities.

Macau authorities said during the office closure, they will continue to handle general enquiries and requests for assistance made by Macau residents in Taiwan, as well as provide Taiwan residents with information related to Macau, through the 24-hour hotline service of their Tourism Office.

The SAR government had also closed their representative office in Taiwan earlier, adding that the decision was because of what it described as “gross interference” in SAR affairs by the Taiwan government and to protect its staff from threats to their safety on the island.

In a strongly-worded statement issued by the SAR, it said Taiwan, in recent years, has grossly interfered in Hong Kong’s affairs on repeated occasions and created irretrievable damage to Hong Kong-Taiwan relations.

“Taiwan’s series of actions in recent years has severely damaged Hong Kong-Taiwan relations, gradually jeopardizing the operating environment for the HKETCO in Taiwan,” the statement read.

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