China called on Taiwan to stay out of Hong Kong affairs, saying some politicians from the island are “talking nonsense” about developments in the former British colony.
Responding to comments from Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators on offers of support to two controversial Hong Kong lawmakers-elect, the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office said independence activists from both sides were trying to link up and sow chaos in Hong Kong.
“Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, especially those in Hong Kong, should be on high alert for this,” spokesman Ma Xiaoguang told reporters in Beijing, Reuters reports.
The remarks came as some members of Taiwan’s ruling DPP said they were concerned about Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, two newly-elected pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers who have been barred from taking office.
In early November, Beijing staged a rare interpretation of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, to effectively prevent Leung and Yau from joining the Legislative Council.
The pair lost an appeal on Wednesday over an earlier Hong Kong court ruling that disqualified them from office on the grounds that they failed to take their oaths properly.
Leung and Yau’s oaths were deemed invalid as the duo, during an October ceremony, unfurled banners that read “Hong Kong is not China” and also uttered some words deemed insulting to the mainland.
The Court of Appeal in Hong Kong ruled Wednesday that Leung, 30, and Yau, 25, had no grounds to re-take their oath as a matter of law.
As they face difficulties, lawmakers from Taiwan’s DPP have come out in their support, angering Beijing.
“The words and deeds of Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching run contrary to mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong and Hong Kong residents’ basic interests, but relevant parties in Taiwan are helping them, to what intent?” Ma said on Wednesday.
“We advise the Taiwan side not to talk nonsense about the Hong Kong issue, interfere in Hong Kong’s enforcement of ‘one country, two systems’, or damage Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” he said, according to Reuters.
Relations between China and Taiwan have worsened since the election of the DPP’s Tsai as Taiwan president in January.
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