No joy for Taiwan as Interpol meeting approaches

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is set to hold its annual meeting on November 7 in Bali, Indonesia. But Taiwan's efforts to participate as an observer have hit a snag due to pressure from China.

This is the latest in a string of moves by Beijing to block Taiwan's participation in a number of high-profile forums, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). China opposes Taiwan's involvement in international bodies, saying that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory, even though the two sides have been ruled separately for nearly 70 years.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang responded to the latest setback on Wednesday. She said that Interpol is an important database and Taiwan is forced to obtain information through indirect channels, and the data is incomplete. Wang said Taiwan's government wants to participate so it can strengthen national security and anti-terrorism efforts.

Wang said the government will continue to express its desire to participate in international organizations, including those under the framework of the United Nations, which does not recognize Taiwan. She said Taiwan has long been involved in Interpol-related discussions with other countries, and its participation is good for all involved.

US President Barak Obama signed a bill last year in support of Taiwan's participation in Interpol.

Source: Radio Taiwan International