Beijing 'sets envoy terms'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2000, 12:00am

A Taiwan official says Beijing has set out conditions that Taipei's unofficial envoy to Hong Kong must meet in order to be allowed entry to the territory.

Cheng An-kuo, a vice-chairman of the Taiwan cabinet's Mainland Affairs Council, said the conditions, set out via Hong Kong but which he refused to detail, would have to be met by Chang Liang-jen, the new chief of the Chung Hwa Travel Service.

The travel service is Taiwan's representative office in the territory.

He said Taipei had urged the mainland and Hong Kong governments to 'take it easy' when handling the application for Mr Chang.

Mr Cheng, Taipei's former unofficial envoy to Hong Kong, declined to clarify whether Mr Chang had submitted a visa application, saying only that 'everything is on its way'.

He said it was the first time Beijing had set conditions for Taiwan to comply with if it wanted to send its representative to be stationed in Hong Kong.

Mr Cheng's work visa was not renewed last year.