Wed, Oct 15, 2003 - Page 3 News List

China blocking security cooperation, Chen says

By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) repeated a pledge yesterday that Taiwan will aggressively pursue regional cooperation in the anti-terrorism campaign, but that China is the main obstacle to Taiwan becoming part of the international security network.

"Faced with various unconventional security threats, international society should abandon its traditional stiff concept of sovereignty and cooperate closely to create a secure world for human beings," Chen said at an international conference yesterday.

"Taiwan is situated at a pivotal intersection of Southeast and Northeast Asia, so it plays an important role in solving problems such as global terrorism, economic crimes, smuggling, the spread of epidemics and cyber crimes," he said. "The promise of Taiwanese people to participate in these issues and create a secure world for human beings remains unchanged."

Chen said that although Taiwan is not a UN member, after the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, the country has cooperated closely with other countries to fight terrorism. Taiwan has adopted various measures to prevent terrorists from carrying out their schemes and has acted to stop weapons of mass destruction from spreading, he said.

"But Taiwan often encounters China's opposition, based on political reasons, when taking part in international efforts. China's attempt to exclude Taiwan from international society does not help solve the problem of security threats," he said.

Security conference

Chen made the speech at the opening ceremony of the 37th International Carnahan Conference on Security and Technology at the Grand Hotel yesterday.

The three-day conference has brought together more than 400 specialists in security technology from 14 countries and has adopted "e-security" as its theme.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Kang Ning-hsiang (康寧祥) both attended the conference. Former US vice president Al Gore was also invited to deliver a speech after Chen.

The security conference was established in 1967 and is known as the most authoritative international conference in the technology security field.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers listed the conference as the most important technical counseling organization.

According to an anonymous source at the NSC, the annual security conference is regarded as an important occasion for government officials involved with national security from different countries to interact.

Noting that many experts and specialists from Taiwan have been invited by the organization to take part in its annual conferences since 1986, Chen expressed his gratitude to the group for its support for Taiwan.

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