By: Chen Chia-lun and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Saturday that China should not thwart
Taiwan’s efforts to participate in international organizations, on the basis of political factors.
Such actions would hurt the interests and feelings of the Taiwan people and would be counterproductive to improved relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, said the MAC, the Taiwan government agency responsible for dealing with cross-strait affairs.
Taiwan has the right to take part in international activities with dignity, the MAC said, commenting on a report that Tseng Min-chieh (曾敏傑), chairman of the non-governmental Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders, was barred from participating in a U.N.-affiliated meeting in New York the previous day due to China’s obstruction.
Beijing should respect the Taiwanese non-governmental organization’s contribution and its efforts to promote global cooperation on the treatment of rare diseases, the MAC said. [FULL STORY]