Placing the name “Chinese Taipei” in front, as opposed to the common practice — Civil Aeronautics Administration, Chinese Taipei — made the designation similar to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a status that is subordinate to China, Huang said.
Michael Gau (高聖惕), a professor at the Institute of the Law of the Sea at National Taiwan Ocean University, said that while Shen was invited as a CAA official, her official status “was not fully recognized.”
The official name of the CAA should be followed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, but that part was left out in the letter to refrain from giving the implication that “she is from the central government,” Gau said.
Taiwan has not been able to participate in international organizations without Beijing’s nod, and the ICAO is no exception, Gau said.
The way Taiwan is invited by ICAO council president to be present at the ICAO assembly shows that it was China, not the US, that facilitated the invitation, he said.
Beijing did not want to see the US push for Taiwan’s participation in the ICAO by making a request at the assembly, as it is required to do under the US bill H.R. 1151, but neither did it want to be blamed for standing in the way of Taiwan's international participation, he said.
In related news, foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said on Wednesday night that 10 Taiwanese journalists who had applied for press credentials for the ICAO meetings had been approved.
Government agencies provided assistance and coordination to help obtain accreditation for the journalists, who represent various media outlets, she said.
The deadline for media accreditation was Monday.
“Nine Taiwanese journalists had applied for accreditation prior to Sept. 16, then one other journalist applied in the afternoon of Sept. 17,” she said.
“Through our government’s diligent efforts, we are certain that the journalist who applied on Sept. 17 will be able to attend,” she said.
Additional reporting by Jason Pan