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Taiwan working hard to join ICAO meetings: official

Taiwan working hard to join ICAO meetings: official

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making every effort to rally international support for Taiwan's participation as an observer in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in September, an official said Thursday. International support and China's goodwill are critical to Taiwan's bid to join the triennial policy meetings Sept. 24-Oct. 4 at the ICAO's headquarters in Montreal, Canada, said Hsu Yung-mei, deputy head of the foreign ministry's department of international organizations. This became evident when Taiwan was seeking to attend the World Health Assembly -- the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization -- as an observer and did so for the first time in 2009, Hsu said. China is one of the 191 member states of the ICAO, a United Nations agency that works to promote safety and efficiency in civil aviation by setting standards and regulations to that end. The Republic of China (Taiwan) was a founding member of the ICAO but has been excluded from the organization since 1971 when the ROC lost its seat in the U.N. Last September, then Chinese President Hu Jintao promised to "seriously study" the possibility of helping Taiwan participate in the organization "in an appropriate way," the most explicit expression to date of Beijing's stance on Taiwan's ICAO bid since the push began in 2009. In related news, the foreign ministry said it will help organize a series of leadership and educational diplomacy programs geared toward informing young people about the operations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The ministry said it will work with National Taiwan University to offer lectures and classes from now until July to prepare participants for a simulated assembly of senior APEC senior officials, ministers and business leaders. The ministry will also work with the Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee to hold a camp July 16-19 in Taipei to groom youths for a program called the Voices of the Future for APEC.
The annual training program prepares students for the APEC autumn summit, where they get a chance to meet with APEC officials and business leaders from the Pacific Rim countries. (By Justin Su and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2020-12-03 01:13 GMT+08:00