ICAO invitation a show of 'good will': Beijing
CNABEIJING -- China's handling of Taiwan's desire to attend the 38th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations organization, is a show of Beijing's good will toward Taiwan, a Chinese official said Friday.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The ICAO invited Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General, Jean Shen, to attend the September conference in Canada representing “Chinese Taipei,” an arrangement made after a recent meeting over the issue between Taiwan and China, according to China's state-run Xinhua News Agency.
“The arrangement illustrates the mainland's concern for our Taiwanese compatriots and displays our sincerity and efforts in maintaining the peaceful development of cross-strait relations,” said China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi at a regular news briefing. Beijing believes increased cross strait communication and negotiations are beneficial to achieving mutual understanding and resolving problems between the two sides, Yang said, but only on condition that they do not result in the creation of “one China, one Taiwan” or “two Chinas.”
A Friday report from Xinhua cited an unnamed Chinese aviation official as saying that China has actively assisted Taiwan in gaining access to ICAO-related information, as aviation safety in Taiwan is important to Beijing.
Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations or any of its subsidiaries. It participates in the World Health Organization as an observer under the name of Chinese Taipei.
Despite the openness about the ICAO, Yang was more reserved when asked about the possibility of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou attending an upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit — a break from Taiwan's practice of sending representatives in the president's place.
Yang said that Beijing believes that APEC participation by “people from the Taiwan side” should be handled in accordance with established practices and the related APEC memorandum of understanding.
Yang also spoke on efforts by Taipei and Beijing to set up mutual representative offices, saying the two sides have managed to overcome some technical problems, and urged Taiwan's Legislature to approve a cross-strait service trade pact as soon as possible.
Director General of Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Shen Chi (沈啟) yesterday poses in the CAA's headquarters. Shen has been invited to attend the 38th assembly of ...