MOFA blames China for conservation group’s removal from partnership

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/15/2020
By: Matt Yu and Chiang Yi-ching

Black-faced spoonbills, an endangered migrant bird, are pictured in Taiwan. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Wild Bird Federation

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday blamed and condemned China for interfering in the "completely apolitical" field of conservation after a Taiwan bird conservation group was stripped of an international partnership.

MOFA was referring to the case of the Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation (CWBF), which said that day that it had been removed from its partnership with BirdLife International on Sept. 7.

Prior to the removal, BirdLife had requested the CWBF to change its Chinese name and to "sign a document formally committing to not promote or advocate the legitimacy of the Republic of China or the independence of Taiwan from China," the CWBF said.

Since the group's inception in 1988, it has changed its English name three times at the behest of BirdLife, according to the CWBF.    [FULL  STORY]

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