Taiwan ICAO data not sent via China: official
CNAMONTREAL -- Taiwan's aviation data is not being sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) through China, a Taiwanese official said in Canada on Monday, responding to a remark by an ICAO consultant that Taiwan's information should be forwarded via China under the “one China” policy.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has always posted its aeronautical information on its website, allowing open access to the data, said CAA Director-General Jean Shen.
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 United Nations, 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, the first Taiwan official to participate in an ICAO assembly session in more than 40 years, said it has been difficult for Taiwan to receive ICAO information on matters such as air safety since Taiwan is not a current member of the agency.
She said she hopes Taiwan will be given such information directly, following its participation in the assembly's session this year as a special guest of ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez.
The ICAO assembly's triennial session runs from Sept. 24-Oct. 4 at its headquarters in Montreal.