Beijing urged to honor Taiwan's rights to join international bodies
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged mainland Chinese authorities on Wednesday to respect Taiwan's rights to participate in international organizations and to make greater efforts to promote benevolent interactions between the two sides of Taiwan Strait.
The MAC was responding to remarks by An Fengshan, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, in regard to Taiwan's bid to participate in the 85th INTERPOL General Assembly to be held Nov. 7-10 in Bali, Indonesia, that China has upheld consistently the 'one China' principle in dealing with Taiwan's engagement with foreign nations and its participation in international groups and activities.
In reply to a CNA question on the issue, the MAC said "it is our right to join the international community with dignity and it has long been an expectation of the people of Taiwan."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it is seeking other countries' support for Taiwan to participate in the INTERPOL and other international organizations, the MAC said.
The MAC urged Beijing to seek to solve the differences between the two sides of the Strait through dialogue and to build harmonious and stable cross-strait relations.
(By Chen Chia-lun and Romulo Huang)
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