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Taiwan only ‘guest’ due to China: ICAO

CHINESE ‘GOODWILL’:China opposed Taiwan participating in the aviation authority as an observer and proposed guest status instead, squeezing Taiwan’s international space

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The attendance at this year’s assembly was the first positive step forward toward the goal, David Lin said.

“We have to reach out [internationally],” he added.

Meanwhile, at a regular press conference at China’s Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing yesterday, spokesman Yang Yi (楊毅) was asked by a Taiwanese reporter to comment on Kobeh-Gonzalez’s remarks.

“The way that the Chinese Taipei CAA was invited by the ICAO council president as his guest reflects our goodwill to our Taiwanese compatriots and sincerity to maintain the momentum of peaceful development of cross-strait relations,” Yang said.

Shen on Tuesday denied that Taiwan’s aviation data was being sent to the ICAO through China, responding to a remark by an ICAO consultant that Taiwan’s information should be forwarded via China under the “one China” policy.

The CAA has always posted its aeronautical information on its Web site, allowing open access to the data, Shen said.

Taiwan has never asked China to forward aviation information to the ICAO, she said at a party hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada to welcome Taiwan’s delegation to the ICAO assembly.

Shen was responding to a remark by ICAO consultant Denis Chagnon, who told Taiwanese reporters earlier in the day that Taiwan’s aviation data should be passed to the ICAO via China as the ICAO is under the UN, which adheres to the “one China” policy.

The policy refers to Beijing’s claim that there is only one state called China and Taiwan is a part of that entity.

Shen said it has been difficult for Taiwan to receive ICAO information on matters such as air safety since Taiwan is not a member of the agency.

She said she hopes Taiwan will be given such information directly following the assembly.

Additional reporting by CNA

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