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Hsieh stresses sovereignty over pandas

謝長廷強調 台灣主權更勝熊貓

Hsieh stresses sovereignty over pandas
The possibility of two pandas coming to Taiwan from China is low because Taiwan's national sovereignty cannot be compromised, Premier Frank Hsieh said yesterday.

行政院長謝長廷昨日表示,中國的兩隻熊貓來台可能性很低,因為不能放棄台灣國家主權。

Fearing that Taiwan will be downgraded to a province of China as China has refused to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country, Hsieh said the government cannot afford to ignore the implications related to accepting the two pandas. He added that this is the key hurdle to the panda issue, as the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora requires exports of endangered animals to be certified by the exporting and importing countries.

憂心台灣會被貶低成為中國的一省,而中國拒絕承認台灣為一主權獨立的國家,謝長廷表示,政府不能忽視接受兩隻熊貓所代表的含意為何。他補充,這是熊貓議題上的主要難處。根據「瀕臨絕種野生動植物國際貿易公約(華盛頓公約)」,瀕臨絕種動物的出口需要進出口國兩方提出證明。

Beijing has said that the convention has no bearing on the matter as the proposed give-and-take is“domestic”in nature. China has offered to give Taiwan a pair of pandas since early May last year when then-KMT Chairman Lien Chan made a landmark visit across the Strait.

北京表示該公約與此事無關,因為本質上,這是一項“國內”的贈予活動。去年五月初國民黨主席連戰完成歷史性的對岸之旅後,中國便決定送給台灣一對熊貓。

The premier further noted that Taiwan's weather is not suitable for breeding and raising pandas, which prefer to live in cold and wet mountainous areas.

謝長廷進一步指出,台灣的氣候並不適合飼養熊貓,熊貓適合居住在濕冷的山區。

Meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Kau pointed out that government agencies have been working on a position paper that will be sent to outposts overseas to explain Taiwan's stance on the issue to their host countries.

同時,外交部次長高英茂指出,政府當局已擬函至國外各駐館以說明台灣對此議題的立場。

China announced last Friday that it had selected two pandas to be sent to Taiwan as a gift and that they are fully prepared to deliver the gift as soon as Taiwan authorities are ready. Kau said Beijing's handling of the pandas is consistent with its strategy to make Taiwan's government irrelevant in cross-strait interactions.

中國上週五聲明,已選出兩隻熊貓作為送給台灣的禮物,只要台灣當局做好準備,便可將這份禮物送來。高英茂表示,北京對熊貓議題的操弄與讓台灣政府避開兩岸互動的計謀一致。


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:26 GMT+08:00