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Taiwan's ouster of Phoenix TV shows shift of view on Hong Kong

Authorities forced Beijing-backed broadcaster to leave island over ownership rules

Taiwanese authorities have forced Beijing-backed Hong Kong broadcaster Phoenix TV to close its office on the island. (Source photos by Reuters and screenshot from Phoenix TV's website) 

TAIPEI -- The recent decision by Taiwanese authorities to force Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television to exit the island shows how Taipei now views the former British colony as no different from mainland China.

Taiwan's move came after the pro-Beijing broadcaster transferred ownership to a Chinese government-owned company last year. The Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's government body that oversees policy on China, said in an April 7 news conference that changes in Phoenix TV's funding and "stock transfer" had turned it into a Chinese entity.

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