By: Leaf Chiang, Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Taiwan has lodged strong protests against China,
Belgium and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) after a Taiwanese delegation was forced to leave a meeting in Brussels on Monday due to Chinese bullying.
Though Taiwan is not a member of the OECD, it was invited as a dialogue partner to attend a high-level symposium on excess capacity and structural adjustment in the steel sector co-sponsored by Belgium and the OECD.
However, at the meeting, which was limited to the participation of government officials, the Chinese delegation demanded that Taiwan’s delegation leave because it was not of a high enough level.
Taiwan’s delegation resisted but had to comply after Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters caved in to Chinese pressure and asked Taiwan’s delegation to leave. [FULL STORY]