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Taiwan briefs US before rejecting Olympic torch relay offer

Taiwan briefs US before rejecting Olympic torch relay offer

Taiwan notified the United States before rejecting Beijing's offer to take part in the Olympic torch relay next March and the Bush administration shared understanding of the island's intention to defend its soverignty, the Central News Agency said Monday.
The agency quoted an unnamed US official as saying Taiwan told Washington its decision to turn down Beijing's torch relay arrangement right after it learned the relay route.
The 2008 Olympic torch is slated to enter Taiwan from Ho Chi Ming City in Vietnam and head on to the Special Chinese Administrative Region of Hong Kong after leaving the island.
The Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's top policymaking agency on cross-strait affairs, slammed the route arrangement as“unacceptable” on grounds Beijing explicitly painted the torch's passage in Taiwan as part of the“domestic" leg.
The government meanwhile conveyed its discontent to the White House through the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei office and its representative office in the US, according to the CNA.
The unnamed US official agreed that the torch route smacked of politicking and indicated the administration would not comment on the issue when asked to, the CNA added.


Updated : 2021-05-09 18:03 GMT+08:00