Taiwan to list the times China blocked its international space

TAIPEI • Taiwan is updating its foreign ministry website, listing the times it says China blocked its international space, a move endorsed by the island's independence-leaning ruling party yesterday.

The list, last in use when the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was last in power from 2000-2008, comes after official communication channels between Taiwan and China ceased with Taiwan's President and DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen taking office in May.

China says Taiwan is part of "one China", though the island has been ruled independently since the communists took over the mainland in a civil war in 1949.

"I don't know the details of the updates," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday in Beijing, when asked about the website.

"On 'Taiwan's international space' issue, we have always stressed the 'one China' principle and its handling. This is also the general consensus in the international community."

Taiwan has only a handful of allies in the world, including the Vatican.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2016, with the headline 'Taiwan to list the times China blocked its international space'. Print Edition | Subscribe