Taiwan's office head gets visa after five-month wait

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 October, 2004, 12:00am

Taiwan's de facto envoy to Hong Kong, Pao Cheng-kang, has finally received approval to enter the city and assume his post, after a five-month wait.

Chiu Tai-san, spokesman for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, yesterday confirmed that Hong Kong authorities had approved Mr Pao's entry.

'They have given us the approval,' said Mr Chiu.

'As soon as Mr Pao receives the permit, he will go to Hong Kong right away.'

He could not say exactly when Mr Pao planned to arrive, saying only that he believed it would happen 'very soon'.

Mr Pao is a former chief secretary of the Mainland Affairs Council.

In May, he was named to replace Chang Liang-jen as managing director of the Chung Hwa Travel Service, the de facto Taiwanese consulate in Hong Kong.

Mr Chang had waited a year for his visa to be issued after being appointed in 2000 to succeed Cheng An-kuo.

A spokeswoman for the Constitutional Affairs Bureau would not confirm whether Mr Pao would be granted a visa soon.

She would not even directly comment on the issue.

Lu Ping, head of Taiwan's Kwang Hwa Information and Cultural Centre, had to wait 11 months before receiving a visa in January last year.