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Hong Kong blames 'gross interference' for Taiwan office closure

City accuses Taipei of offering help to 'violent protesters' seeking to flee financial hub

Demonstrators rally in Taipei on October 25, 2020 in support of Hong Kong activists.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government accused Taiwan of "grossly" interfering with its internal affairs by offering assistance to "violent protesters" seeking to flee the city, days after the financial hub closed its representative office on the island.

"In recent years, Taiwan has grossly interfered in Hong Kong's affairs on repeated occasions and created irretrievable damage to Hong Kong-Taiwan relations," a Hong Kong government spokesperson said in a statement issued on Friday afternoon, citing Taiwan's effort to help exiled activists as the "most notable" intervention.

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