Tai­wan not in­vited to avi­a­tion meet­ing

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By LUOWANGSHU luowangshu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Me­dia in Tai­wan re­ported re­cently that au­thor­i­ties on the is­land are at­tempt­ing to ne­go­ti­ate at­ten­dance at the 39th ses­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Assembly, though it had not been in­vited.

The 39th ICAO Assembly will be held in Mon­treal, Canada, from Sept 27 to Oct 7.

Dur­ing the 2013 assembly, avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties from Tai­wan re­ceived a let­ter of in­vi­ta­tion two weeks in ad­vance, and they sent staff mem­bers as non­vot­ing delegates after an ex­change of views on the is­sue with the main­land.

This year, Tai­wan re­ceived no in­vi­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Tai­wan-based Lib­erty Times news­pa­per.

Lianhe Wan­bao, an­other news­pa­per, re­ported that Tai­wan is nei­ther a mem­ber of the ICAO nor an observer.

The State Coun­cil’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­ficeon­the main­land re­sponded to Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at a news con­fer­ence onWed­nes­day.

Ma Xiaoguang, the of­fice’s spokesman, said that any ar­range­ments for Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions must be based on the one-China prin­ci­ple.

“Our po­si­tion is clear and con­sis­tent — that is, such par­tic­i­pa­tion must be ar­ranged through ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the main­land andTai­wan based on the oneChina prin­ci­ple,” Ma said.

Ma said that since 2008, the main­land has made prac­ti­cal ar­range­ments re­gard­ing Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in some in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties through ne­go­ti­a­tions with the is­land. Such ar­range­ments were achieved on the ba­sis of both sides ad­her­ing to the 1992 Consensus, which­states the prin­ci­ple.

Tai­wan’s au­thor­i­tieshaveyet to rec­og­nize the consensus, Ma said, lead­ing to a stand­still in cross-Straits com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Only by rec­og­niz­ing the po­lit­i­cal ba­sis of one China, Ma said, can the two­sides con­tinue their in­sti­tu­tional ex­changes and have dis­cus­sions about Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. Xin­hua contributed to this story.

Visit­ing delegates from eight Tai­wan cities and coun­ties are ap­pre­ci­ated for their ef­forts to up­hold the 1992Con­sen­sus pro­mot­ing cross-Straits com­mu­ni­ca­tion and boost­ing the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions with the Chi­nese main­land, China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser said in Bei­jing on Sun­day.

The del­e­gateswere fromNewTaipei City and the coun­ties of Hs­inchu, Miaoli, Nan­tou, Hualien, Taitung, Kin­men and Lienchi­ang.

Yu Zheng­sheng, chair­manof the Chi­ne­sePeo­ple’sPo­lit­i­calCon­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tion­alCom­mit­tee, made­the re­mark as he met with delegates

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