MAC calls on Beijing not to block Taiwan’s UNFCCC bid

Taiwan's top China-policy maker, Katherine Chang, is calling on China not to stand in the way of Taiwan's bid to join this year's UNFCCC meeting.

The head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) was speaking Monday at the legislature.

UNFCCC refers to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to open in Morocco on November 7th.

Chang said it's been years since Taiwan last participated as an observer in 1995. She explained why there is a need to participate.

It is our right and obligation; in particular, it requires international efforts to [tackle] global warming and climate change. We urge Beijing not to thwart and jeopardize Taiwan's bid. The new government has already taken the reins and our policy is based on public opinion. I believe that cross-strait ties can only move forward if we refrain from setting any political preconditions," said Chang.

Chang said the government will promote a consistent and sustainable cross-strait policy and build a friendly and orderly environment for conducting exchanges with China.

Chang said the government will also take other measures to help thaw the ice between the two sides. Those measures include maintaining official exchanges, reviewing existing agreements Taiwan has signed with China, and evaluating the impact of China's differential treatment to counties and cities that are generally considered friendly toward Beijing.

Source: Radio Taiwan International