Taiwan volunteer group rejected by Kyrgyzstan for political reasons

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-06-18
By: Sunrise Huang and Lilian Wu, Central News Agency

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) A Taiwanese non-governmental organization has expressed shock and regret after its plan to provide volunteer medical service to the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia was rejected due to political reasons.

Liu Chi-chun, head of the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, said Friday this was the first time in 21 years since the founding of the group in 1995 that it was rejected because of apparent pressure from Beijing.

China has been unhappy with newly elected Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal so far to accept Beijing’s “one China” position that Taiwan is part of China. It has been increasingly applying pressure on Tsai to recognize the two sides are part of one country.     [FULL STORY]

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