French Senate vote in Taiwan once again sparks Beijing’s anger
A French Senate vote in favor of a resolution supporting Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and three other major international organizations has sparked an angry reaction from China. In response, Beijing is blocking entry to Taiwan, arguing that it is not an independent state.
The Senate adopted The resolution through a vote of 304 to 0 and 19 abstentions. The resolution called for Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Beijing claims, however, that it alone is the “only legitimate capital in China” which effectively prevents Taiwan from becoming a member of these organizations.
The resolution was issued by the Senate group Exchange and Studies with Taiwan, headed by Senator Alain Richard, former Minister of Defense.
The Chinese embassy attacked the resolution on Friday on his website, and underlined “strong concerns” and “strong opposition” to the move and stressed that “the claim that Taiwan’s absence from the WHO will create a” loophole “in the global public health system does not hold up “.
“This is a political sleight of hand by the Taiwanese authorities to use the pandemic to advocate” Taiwan independence “,” the statement said, and ended by reminding France that “all successive French governments since the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations in 1964 “have” respected the principle of one China “.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry was elated. “Long live Taiwan-France relations! it is said in a tweet. “Our sincere thanks to the Senate for the unanimous adoption of the resolution requiring the country’s participation in international organizations such as the WHO and its World Health Assembly, ICAO, the UNFCCC and INTERPOL_HQ.”
The group already sparked criticism from Beijing when it announced on January 19 that its members were plan a trip in Taiwan “in summer, while waiting for sanitary conditions”.
the Chinese Ambassador to France, quickly wrote a letter in the Senate, saying he hoped senators would change their minds as it could “affect the status quo between Taipei and Beijing.”
Franco-Chinese relations became increasingly strained after France’s participation in military and naval exercises with Japan, India, Australia and the United States in March and April.
From May 11 to 17, France will also participate in Japanese amphibious exercises in Japan.
Beijing-EU relations have also suffered after a series of tit-for-tat sanctions over criticism of the human rights situation in Xinjiang and China’s treatment of Hong Kong, and recent suggestions according to which a long-awaited trade agreement should be suspended.