China warned Taiwan not to fan the flames of a fledgling independence movement in Hong Kong, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.
The report said Chinese leaders are concerned about recent unrest and a resurgence of calls for independence in Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement.
Beijing took upon itself to interpret Hong Kong’s Basic Law in November to bar independence-leaning city lawmakers, Baggio Leung, 30, and Yau Wai-ching, 25, from taking office, the report said.
On Wednesday Leung and Yau lost an appeal they filed against an earlier Hong Kong court ruling that disqualified them after they insulted China while taking their oaths last month.
The appeal court ruled that the pair has no grounds for taking the oath again according to law. The pair has not confirmed whether they will take their case to Hong Kong’s highest court, the Court of Final Appeal.
Legislators of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have reportedly extended their support to Leung and Yau, an act that was condemned by China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).
"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," TAO spokesman Ma Xiaoguang was quoted by Reuters as saying.