Radio Taiwan International
The foreign ministry says China has never stopped its suppression of Taiwan’s international space. That’s the word from foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang on Thursday. Wang was responding to the charge that Taiwan had broken its “diplomatic truce” with China as suggested by Panama’s president, Juan Carlos Varela. Panama officially broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan last week. Wang said President Tsai Ing-wen has tried to maintain the cross-strait status quo since she took office last year. However,
Wang said, Beijing has continually suppressed Taiwan using various means. These means include blocking Taiwan’s participation in international organizations such as the World Health Assembly and the International Civil Aviation Organization. She said such actions damage peace and stability and are not beneficial to interaction between the two sides.
Meanwhile, Panama’s President Varela maintains that he had told President Tsai last year that Panama would break ties with Taiwan if cross-strait diplomacy failed. The foreign ministry has strongly denied that such a conversation took place. The ministry said Panama should not become China’s tool.