[News Reports]Britain won’t recognise Taiwan as an Independent state despite petition
The UK government on Wednesday says it will not recognise Taiwan as an independent state although an ongoing online petition by a British national implore them to do so.
“Our long-standing position on Taiwan has not changed,” a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman says.
Britain points that though Taiwan constitution claims control over mainland China, its long habitual practice of ceasing to deny that there is a legitimate government exercising authority on the mainland, is one of two reasons they would not change the status quo.
The government urges both parties in the dispute over Taiwan’s independence to be involved in productive discussions.
“The UK government considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. We call on both sides to continue to engage in constructive dialogue,” the FCO spokeswoman says.
The petition, recently started by British citizen Lee Chapman, appeals to the British government to recognise Taiwan as an independent country and it has collected more than 18,000 signatures.
The online petition stated that: “due to the One China policy the United Kingdom doesn’t recognise the Government of the Republic of China and all diplomatic relations between the two countries take place on an unofficial basis.”
However, it ridicules the fact that both the UK and Taiwan have representatives and offices in their respective countries but yet Taiwan is still not being recognised as an independent country – and it should change.
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