U.S. says religious freedom in China could boost trust in Taiwan
Mar 11, 2019MarketComments Off on U.S. says religious freedom in China could boost trust in Taiwan
The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom on Monday again urged China to give its people religious freedom, a move he said could help gain trust from selfruled Taiwan, an island China considers its own, Trend reports referring to Reuters.
Sam Brownback on Friday said in a speech in Hong Kong that China was waging war with faith and that it needed to respect the sacred right of people to worship, especially Muslims locked up in internment camps in Xinjiang.
On Monday, he addressed the issue of Taiwan which China considers a wayward province and has pledged to unite, by force if necessary.
If they want to build some confidence in Taiwan, they should give religious freedom to their own people, he told Reuters. If they would give religious freedom to their own people, that would be noticeable.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to reassure people in Taiwan in January that religious and legal freedom on the island would be respected under a peaceful reunification.
Taiwan President Tsai Ingwen has in return rejected Xi's call and instead urged China to embrace democracy.
Brownback's visit to Taipei was viewed by some in Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.
The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging that China takes the position that there is one China and Taiwan is part of it.
But the United States is also Taiwan's biggest ally and arms supplier and is dutybound by legislation to help the island defend itself.
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China opposed any kind of official contact between the United States and Taiwan.
China was strongly opposed to the envoy's wrong comments about religious freedom and had lodged stern representations with the United States, Lu said, adding that China protected religious freedom.
China opposes the United States using the issue of religion to interfere in its internal affairs and urged it to stop, he said.
China runs vocational training centres in Xinjiang that meant to carry out deradicalisation and prevent terror, Lu said.
They are absolutely not, as the United States exaggerates, socalled reeducation camps.
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The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel