Taiwan: President Says No to Joint Representation
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou says the island will not accept joint representation with rival China in international organizations.
Ma's comments Friday come as Taiwanese envoys prepare to meet their Chinese counterparts to discuss whether the island will be represented in the World Health Assembly.
Sixty years after the two sides split amid civil war, China still claims Taiwan as part of its territory and objects to its participation in international organizations because it symbolizes national sovereignty.
In his comments, Ma said Taiwan would be willing to consider joining international organizations under three names: The Republic of China — its formal moniker, Chinese Taipei — the name it uses in the Olympics, and Taiwan.