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US recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital: Taiwan not to follow
美承認耶路撒冷為以首都 外交部不跟進

Palestinian demonstrators stand on posters of US President Donald Trump in Bethlehem’s Manger Square in protest to him declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6.

Photo: AFP

US President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to international condemnation. On Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Taiwan will not follow suit, that with the exception of the US, no other country in the world recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and that Taiwan would adhere to the majority opinion of the international community.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying asked whether, given Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital and to relocate the US Embassy in Israel there from Tel Aviv, Taiwan would do the same.

Antonio Chen, director-general of the ministry’s Department of West Asian and African Affairs, answered that Taiwan would not recognize Jerusalem as the capital, and that the status of Jerusalem is controversial. At present, Chen said, with the exception of the US, only the Czech Republic and Russia have indicated they recognize West Jerusalem, the part Israel owned prior to the Six Day War, as the capital of Israel, but still consider the status of Jerusalem overall to be unresolved. Therefore, the Republic of China’s representative office in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv.

Tsai followed up with a question about the ministry’s stance on Palestine. Chen said that it is a unique region, and that while Palestine enjoys observer status in the UN, it has yet to achieve full statehood. He added that the international community is pursuiing a two-state solution regarding the Israel-Palestine issue.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)






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