The SAR has accused Taiwan of making false claims about its envoy's visa application. The accusation came after Taipei claimed that Chang Liang-jen had been told he would not get a visa until he promised not to comment on the 'two states' theory. 'We hope the Taiwanese side will not make any further statement which departs from the truth,' a government spokesman said last night. He said the Immigration Department had not received Mr Chang's visa application. 'On receipt of the application, the department will process it in accordance with existing policies and procedures,' he said. The spokesman said the two sides had been in touch and Taiwanese organisations and their staff in Hong Kong must abide by the 'one China' principle. 'This has been the case both before and after reunification,' the spokesman said. The government statement was issued in response to a comment made by Su Chi, chairman of the cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council in Taipei, that accused the Government of imposing conditions on the issuing of the visa. Taiwan officials have said Mr Chang was asked to make a commitment not to make comments on the 'two state' theory. Mr Su declined to elaborate on what the other conditions were. 'The conditions are unreasonable. We can't accept it,' he said in Taipei. Mr Su said they could not understand the rationale behind the attempt to impose obstacles in the development of Taiwan-Hong Kong relations. He warned that the bilateral relations would slip back to the pre-handover era. 'No one will benefit from the present stalemate,' he said. Mr Chang has been named to succeed Cheng An-kuo as managing director of the Chung Hwa Travel Service, Taipei's de facto consulate in the SAR. Mr Cheng was called back to Taipei after his application for renewal of his visa received no response from the Government. He had previously been embroiled in controversy over remarks on President Lee Teng-hui's 'two state' theory - which enraged Beijing.