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DPP not oppose to non-military aid for Afghanistan

DPP not oppose to non-military aid for Afghanistan

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party said yesterday it would not reject non-military aid to Afghanistan following an alleged request by the United States. Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said Monday that Taiwan had not decided yet how to respond to the U.S. request, which had been made "through certain channels" after Washington decided to raise its troop strength in Afghanistan.
The DPP sounded guarded approval for the idea as providing humanitarian aid would increase the country's global visibility. Taiwan should evaluate taking up its international responsibilities in the case of actions that were peaceful, non-military and international in nature, said opposition spokeswoman Bikhim Hsiao.
She criticized the ruling Kuomintang for rejecting U.S. requests for non-military assistance after the 9-11 attacks and during the war in Iraq when the party was in opposition against a DPP administration.
Yang made his statement after ruling Kuomintang lawmakers Lin Yu-fang and Shuai Hua-ming asked him whether it was possible for Taiwan to supply medical aid as well as assistance in construction and engineering. Lin said he approved donating medical equipment or money, but that sending over medical or engineering staff would need more careful evaluation because of the risk of attacks.
Shuai reportedly emphasized the need to use the name of Taiwan when providing aid, rather than the name of the U.S., which could provoke terrorist attacks. Taiwan rarely participates in international missions because China refuses to recognize it as an independent and sovereign nation, rejecting its entrance into the United Nations and other prominent international organizations.


Updated : 2021-06-20 11:38 GMT+08:00