Taiwan environment minister barred from attending UN Climate meeting following China’s objection

Taiwan’s environment minister Lee Ying-yuan was prevented from attending the UN Climate change conference in Germany on Sunday following objections from China, Taipei Times reported.

“I think you must be very clear with our consistent and clear position on Taiwan’s participation in international activities, which is that the one-China principle must be observed,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Gen Shuang on Monday replied in response to a question on the issue.

The foreign ministry spokesperson further said “I want to stress that the improvement of the cross-Straits relations must be based on adhering to the 1992 Consensus which reflects the one-China principle. The Taiwan authority’s denial of the historical fact of the 1992 Consensus and refusal to recognize that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China, has created some obstacles for interactions between the two sides.”

Mr Lee was prevented from attending the annual UN climate meeting even with credentials as a non-governmental participant.

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is underway at the UNFCCC Secretariat headquarters in Bonn.

Earlier this year, Taiwan was prevented from attending an annual UN World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva following China’s pressure.

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