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MOFA accuses Belarus of belittling Taiwan to please China

MOFA accuses Belarus of belittling Taiwan to please China

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Taiwan expressed regret and slammed Belarus Tuesday for releasing a recent joint statement with China that voices opposition to Taiwan's participation in international and regional organizations in which statehood is required. Anna Kao (??), spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Belarus also made similar remarks in joint statements with China in 2007 and 2013. Commenting on the May 10 statement, Kao said that Belarus was just repeating its long-term efforts to please China and "ignored the international reality and made inappropriate remarks that affect our country's rights." "The Foreign Ministry regrets the move," she added. Kao reiterated that the Republic of China is a sovereign country that enjoys freedom and democracy. The country has the right to seek participation in international organizations in line with the will of its people, she said, adding that such efforts will not be derailed by remarks made by a single country. Kao's remarks came after Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) signed a joint statement May 10 on further deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership, during a visit by Xi to Minsk. In the statement, Belarus reiterated its adherence to the "one China" policy, recognizing the government of People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China, of which Taiwan is an inalienable part, and said that it will not establish official relations with Taiwan, Chinese media reported. Belarus also expressed in the statement its opposition to any form of Taiwan independence and its opposition to Taiwan's accession to any international and regional organizations where statehood is a prerequisite. It also expressed its support for the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations and China's efforts toward unifying with Taiwan. (By Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-21 10:13 GMT+08:00