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Taiwan protests after culture official denied entry to Hong Kong

2017/12/06 23:09:23

Chang Tieh-chih (張鐵志), deputy secretary general of the General Association of Chinese Culture/CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) lodged a protest Wednesday with the Hong Kong government after a Taiwanese culture official, Chang Tieh-chih (張鐵志), was denied entry to attend a cultural exchange meeting.

Chang, deputy secretary general of the General Association of Chinese Culture that is headed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), said he was denied entry at the Hong Kong airport even though he had been told that he could apply for an entry visa there.

Chang was invited to speak at a cultural exchange forum for participants from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei. The "four-city forum" was seen as an opportunity for Taiwan and China to "find an opening" in their ties, which have been frozen since Tsai took office in May last year.

In its protest, the MAC urged Hong Kong to look at civilian exchanges between Taiwan and China from a "positive and tolerant" perspective so as not to negatively influence the Taiwanese people's impression of Hong Kong.

(By Miao Zong-han and S.C. Chang)