Wednesday, May 16, 2012

China blocks Taiwanese SWAT team bid in Jordan

Taiwanese special forces parade on National Day last year
The PLA forced the organizer of the Annual Warrior Competition for special forces to cancel Taiwans entry, stating the 'one China' policy 

Despite President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) “diplomatic truce” and the appearance of warming ties between Taipei and Beijing, China continues to use pressure to bar Taiwanese from participating in international events. 

According to the Chinese-language United Daily News, Taiwan’s team in the 4th Annual Warrior Competition was unable to participate in the event after China decided to register for the special forces competition held at the state-of-the-art King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) in Amman, Jordan, from May 2 through May 6. 

Event organizers have confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army team lodged a protest with KASOTC and compelled it to respect the “one China” policy, which barred Taiwan from taking part. Days before they were set to depart for Jordan, the Taiwanese team of eight army airborne officers was informed that their qualification for the event had been withdrawn. 

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

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