China's repression will not deter Taiwan's global outreach: MOFA

02/23/2021 03:55 PM
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. CNA file photo
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Beijing's repression will not stop Taiwan's efforts to expand its international engagement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

"We will continue to work with the United States and other like-minded countries to contribute to peace, prosperity and stability in the region," MOFA's spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said at a regular press briefing.

She was responding to a statement issued recently by China Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅), calling on Washington to stop supporting the actions of "separatists" in Taiwan.

Beijing has no right to interfere in Taiwan's interactions with other countries, and only the democratically-elected government in Taiwan can represent its people in the international arena, Ou said.

"China's repression will not change Taiwan's resolve to reach out to the world," she said.

Furthermore, the Chinese government's suppression of Taiwan is not helpful to the development of cross-strait relations, Ou said.

Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory and considers Taiwan's international engagements, especially those with sovereignty implications, as attempts to separate from China.

Ou said, however, that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an independent sovereign state and is not a part of China.

Meanwhile, Alexander Yui (俞大㵢), director-general of MOFA's Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, condemned Beijing for what he called its "bullying," which had disrupted Taiwan's plan to set up an office in the Caribbean country of Guyana.

On Feb. 4, Guyana hastily called off an agreement that would have allowed Taiwan to establish an office there, less than 24 hours after Taiwan's government announced the initiative.

The idea of the Taiwan office in Guyana was to help promote and facilitate bilateral trade and investment, Yui said Tuesday at the MOFA press briefing, in response to reporters' questions on the issue.

Taiwan's foreign service personnel will do their best to counter China's repression, which has always been an issue, Yui said.

(By Emerson Lim and Chen Yun-yu)

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