China cites bizarre reasons to stifle Taiwan’s ICAO bid

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-09-29
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A Canadian media outlet allegedly obtained a letter issued by China’s permanent mission to all 6773973International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member nations in which China conveyed its stern opposition to Taiwan’s participation in the 39th ICAO Assembly, which began on Tuesday in Montreal, citing the “great changes in Taiwan politics.”

The ICAO is a United Nations body that cooperates on aviation regulations.

China’s permanent mission at the United Nations sent members a letter stating that “this year has witnessed great changes in Taiwan politics. The Democratic Progressive Party has not renounced ‘Taiwan independence’ in its constitution after coming into power and has intentionally remained vague on the fundamental issue of the nature of cross-strait relations and refuses to recognize the ‘1992 Consensus’ and the essence of ‘both sides of the strait belong to one China. For these reasons, China does not consent to Taiwan’s participation in the 39th ICAO Assembly.”     [FULL  STORY]

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