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Taiwan envoys denied attendance to S Korean presidenital inauguration

Taiwan envoys denied attendance to S Korean presidenital inauguration

Taiwan voiced deep regret Tuesday that its two special envoys were denied attendance to the inauguration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak a day earlier, due to protest from China.
Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang confirmed in the Legislature that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and National Security Council Secretary-general Mark Chen were both prevented from the ceremony after Chinese envoy Tang Jiaxuan threatened to boycott the event.
Bowing to pressure from Beijing, Seoul asked Wang and Chen not to attend the inauguration, Huang said, calling the last-minute cancellation regretful. Despite the setback, Wang and Chen remain there to meet with officials in the neighbor county, according to Huang.
An unnamed presidential aide said the incident showed a diplomatic truce between Taiwan and China as proposed by opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou is unfeasible.
Ma, the frontrunner, told a TV debate Sunday he would call a diplomatic truce, if elected, to improve ties with Beijing and save Taiwan unnecessary spending in wooing small, impoverished diplomatic allies that have proved unstable and unreliable.
Beijing will not stop suppressing Taiwan on the world stage and any good-will gesture on the island's part will prove to be futile, the presidential aide added.


Updated : 2021-10-22 22:38 GMT+08:00