By Caribbean News Global
TORONTO, Canada – A recent visit to China by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman that alludes to a briefing with Taiwan has once again aroused Beijing’s claim that Taiwan belongs to China and according to ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) on Tuesday (July 27) this has not only “contradicts the facts and international perceptions but also violates the collective will of Taiwanese.”
The MOFA said in a press release it “ has noticed that US deputy secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Tianjin, China from July 25 to 26 to meet with Chinese officials. Communicate with the US beforehand, and the US will also brief us afterwards as usual to explain the details of the talks, “emphasizing that “Taiwan – US relations continue to be close and friendly. After taking office, the Biden administration of the United States has repeatedly reiterated the “Taiwan Relations Act” and the “six guarantees,” emphasizing that the US commitment to Taiwan is “rock-solid.”
Moreover, “practical actions show a clear stand of firm support for Taiwan. In the future, the ministry of foreign affairs will continue to work closely with the Biden administration to deepen the all-around partnership between Taiwan and the United States and jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Washington continues to affirm that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent democratic country elected to govern and represent Taiwanese interest.
Ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) on Tuesday (July 27) said, in relation to China attempts to distort views on Taiwan that: “It cannot change history and established facts. Doing so will only make Taiwanese more willing to defend the nation’s sovereignty and immerse themselves more deeply in democracy,” Ou added, “Taiwan will continue to work with partner countries that share democratic values to maintain and enhance peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Meanwhile, The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that strict border control measures will remain in place after the nationwide epidemic alert is lowered to Level 2 starting July 27, said a MOFA press release.
“In line with this antipandemic policy, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will continue to halt the processing of visa applications. Entry has also been suspended for persons holding a valid visitor visa or resident visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry to Taiwan for emergencies or on humanitarian grounds, such as attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member, must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) mission.
“For foreign nationals whose special entry permit visa expires while the strict border control measures are in place, the ministry of foreign affairs will adopt appropriate coordinating measures in accordance with the CECC’s border control adjustments.”