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Taiwan thanks U.S. for concern over China's intensifying suppression

2018/05/26 20:25:22

Andrew Lee (李憲章, CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday thanked the United States and its senators for their support of Taiwan, saying China's continued suppression will only spur more support for Taiwan in the international community.

The ministry was responding to an emailed statement issued to the press Friday by the U.S. State Department, which said China was changing the cross-Taiwan Strait status quo.

The State Department also expressed disappointment at Burkina Faso's decision on Thursday to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan, a move that was widely believed to have been spurred by enticements from Beijing.

More than a dozen U.S. senators, including Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy; Marco Rubio (R-FL); and U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) took to social media to express their concern after Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month, the foreign ministry said.

In light of those developments, the foreign ministry would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the U.S. government and its senators and congressmen for their continued support of Taiwan, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

He said cross-strait relations have indeed deteriorated as a result of China's recent suppression, including its efforts to lure Taiwan's diplomatic allies, its bid to force international enterprises to change Taiwan's designation on their websites, and barring Taiwan from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, Lee said.

Such actions will not only stir resentment against China among the people of Taiwan, but will strengthen support for Taiwan in the international community, he added.

Echoing President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) recent comments, the foreign ministry said Taiwan will not engage in "dollar diplomacy."

The tactics employed by China have merely served to increase dissatisfaction and suspicion of its global presence, MOFA said.

Instead, Taiwan will continue to promote sustainable development by providing meaningful and substantive contributions to its allies and the international community, the spokesman said.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)