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Taiwan rejects visas for 2 Hong Kong officials in diplomatic row

Tensions rise after Taipei criticizes security law imposed by Beijing

A man holds a placard that reads "Taiwan in solidarity with Hong Kong" as he demonstrates in support of Hong Kong protesters opposed to China's national security law in Paris on July 11.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- The Hong Kong government said on Tuesday that Taiwan had rejected the visas of two of its officials, underscoring rising bilateral tensions after Taipei criticized a security law imposed on the financial hub by Beijing.

The two Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office staff have returned home after their permits for residence in Taiwan were rejected, the government's Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said.

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