Taipei and Macau, President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday slammed Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu for his meeting with Beijing's top official in Hong Kong, warning it could be used by China to promote its "one country, two systems" formula for unification with Taiwan.
Tsai, who is currently in Palau on state visit, said it would be hard to rule out that Beijing was trying to create a "one country, two systems" atmosphere.
That is because the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG HK) is an institution that symbolizes the imposition of China's "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong, Tsai said.
The Kaohsiung mayor, who arrived in Hong Kong on Friday morning on the first leg of a seven-day tour that will also take him to Macau, Shenzhen and Xiamen, was invited to the liaison office by LOCPG HK Director Wang Zhimin for a dinner reception.
Han, who was the first Taiwanese mayor to have visited the building in Hong Kong, did not respond directly to the criticism, but said, according to the Apple Daily, that he and Wang had a pleasant conversation and did not touch on sensitive issues.
He said they spoke on topics related to family, work and the futures of Hong Kong and Kaohsiung.
Aside from Tsai, other DPP members criticized the Kaohsiung mayor, who would be the opposition Kuomintang's most popular presidential candidate should he decide to run in 2020, according to recent opinion polls.
Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia criticized the Kaohsiung mayor on his Facebook page, saying that while Han said his trip was to promote trade, he did not hesitate to meet with Wang at the liaison office immediately after a reception with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Anyone who searches LOCPG HK on Wikipedia will know that the institution is an organ of the Central People's Government and one that acts like an emperor over Hong Kong, Lo said.
Every pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong knows that the liaison office is the "devil" from China, he said, and questioned why Han would even venture into the building not knowing what it symbolizes.
In the eyes of the Communist Party, the "one country, two systems" formula means Beijing will always have the final say, whether you are pro-People's Republic of China or pro-Republic of China on Taiwan, Lo warned.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel