Taiwan representative leaves Macau over ‘one China’ spat

Published June 30, 2021
In this file photo, an audience waves Taiwanese flags during the National Day celebrations in Taipei on October 10, 2018. — Reuters/File
In this file photo, an audience waves Taiwanese flags during the National Day celebrations in Taipei on October 10, 2018. — Reuters/File

TAIPEI: The acting chief of Taiwan’s representative office in Macau has returned home after refusing to sign a document recognising China’s sovereignty over the self-ruled island, Taipei said on Tuesday.

“The future situation is not optimistic,” Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement, calling the Macau authorities “disrespectful and unfriendly”.

It said four other Taiwanese employees whose visas are still valid will remain in the semi-autonomous city to keep the office running.

It comes a week after seven employees of Taiwan’s trade office in Hong Kong left the financial hub following their refusal to sign a similar “one China pledge” acknowledging Taiwan as part of China.

Macau and Hong Kong abide by China’s view that demo­cratic, self-ruled Tai­wan is part of its territory and must be seized one day, by force if necessary.

Both have closed their trade offices in Taipei and Beijing has sought to pile diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan.

The Taiwanese council also said there was a protest “by pro-China people outside our office in Macau to smear” the Taiwanese government.

“This shows that the authorities and civil sector in Macau have been disrespectful and unfriendly to our side,” it said. The Macau government did not respond to a request for comment.

According to Taiwan’s Liberty Times newspaper, the protesters accused Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen of damaging the “prosperity and stability” of Macau and Hong Kong in a demonstration a few days before Chen Chia-hung’s departure on Sunday.

Published in Dawn, June 30th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

The whole truth
28 Sep, 2022

The whole truth

THE war on truth has never been more relentless than it is today. Authoritarianism is on the rise and purveyors of...
Real-world trolls
Updated 28 Sep, 2022

Real-world trolls

It's reprehensible how PTI supporters now seem convinced that politicians from opposing camps aren't entitled to basic dignity.
Islamabad wildlife
28 Sep, 2022

Islamabad wildlife

PRESERVING biodiversity is low on the list of priorities of both state and society. However, successful attempts at...
Noon leaks
Updated 27 Sep, 2022

Noon leaks

PMO audio leaks are a national security emergency that ought to be investigated at the highest level.
Cipher probe offer
27 Sep, 2022

Cipher probe offer

CONSIDERING the toxic political polarisation in the country, former prime minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that ...
Delaying Doha plans
27 Sep, 2022

Delaying Doha plans

WHEN Doha announced its intention to spend $3bn in different commercial and investment sectors of Pakistan around a...