’ABRUPT AND UNREASONABLE’:During a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, three impromptu motions were passed
Date: May 10, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Lawmakers across party lines yesterday passed several extemporaneous motions to express their
opinions on the attachment of the “one China” principle to Taiwan’s invitation to this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), which has been interpreted as yet another of Beijing’s attempts to browbeat the incoming Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government.
Amid snowballing controversy over the WHO’s unprecedented mention of the “one China” principle in Taiwan’s WHA invitation, the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee yesterday invited officials from several government agencies to answer questions regarding China’s recent spate of moves to foil Taiwan in the international arena.
During the meeting, a total of three extemporaneous motions were passed, including one by pan-green lawmakers and two by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
Proposed and signed by a number of lawmakers, including DPP Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) and New Power Party Lawmaker Freddy Lim (林昶佐), the pan-green camp’s motion stated that UN Resolution 2758, which is also mentioned in the invitation, does not pertain to the representatives of the Taiwanese government and its people to the UN and all related organizations. [FULL STORY]