Taipei urged to clarify global stance

NEW NORMAL:The policy of maintaining the ‘status quo’ across the Strait should be re-examined because it implies adherence to Beijing’s ‘one China’ policy, an academic said

Taipei Times
Date: May 30, 2017
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter

Following its failure to secure an invitation to this year’s meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), Taiwan should seek international participation as an independent nation, rather than as an entity whose involvement is contingent on China’s attitude, academics said yesterday.

Beijing rejected Taiwan’s bid to join the meeting, although the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) twice sought to communicate with China on the matter — in March and this month.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) described the nation’s attendance at this year’s WHA as “an important indicator of cross-strait relations” during a media interview aimed at urging Beijing to allow Taiwan’s WHA bid.

Taiwan was also denied participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization assembly, which took place in Canada last year, despite the MAC’s attempt to negotiate with China over the bid.    [FULL  STORY]

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