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Taiwan slams China after sports event canceled

Posted July. 26, 2018 07:33,   

Updated July. 26, 2018 07:33


At the China-led East Asia Olympic Committee meeting held in Beijing on Tuesday, Committee Chairman Liu Peng insisted on the revocation of Taichung City to host the sports event and asked for a vote of hands to determine the issue. Liu is also serving the deputy chief of the Foreign Commission of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The meeting was attended by nine commission members: representatives from China, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macao and Chairman Liu Peng. The audience began to stir at Liu’s remark.

However, the vote was carried out and seven voted in favor of cancelling hosting rights. It meant that four years of preparation had gone to waste. The event was scheduled to take place for eight years from August 24 next year. Only Taiwan voted against the proposal and Japan abstained. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen condemned the decision at a Facebook comment: “China is taking advantage of its political power to violently revoke our right host the event. The Taiwanese people will not accept the decision.” Taiwanese Premier William Lai also said that Taiwan would make an official protest to the EAOC.”

Wan-Jun Yun zeitung@donga.com