South Korea Cancels Audrey Tang Speech 韓突取消唐鳳線上演講 稱考量兩岸關係

Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang's online speech at Korea's  Global Policy Conference was canceled at the last minute on the 16th, and the reason given was "cross-strait considerations." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lodged a protest with the Korean government.



Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang was scheduled to speak virtually on social transformation at South Korea's 4th Global Policy Conference on the 4th Industrial Revolution on Dec. 16. On that morning, South Korea canceled her speech without warning, citing "cross-strait considerations." Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is criticizing South Korea for its "rudeness."

Joanne Ou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “With regards to Korea's rude behavior, we at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have already summoned Korea's acting representative in Taipei, Mr. Hong Soon-chang, to tell him about our country's strong displeasure.”

On the 20th, MOFA summoned South Korea's rep in Taipei, Hong Soon-chang, to express its displeasure. It also asked its rep in Seoul, Tang Diann-wen, to lodge a protest with the South Korean government. MOFA says the act of summoning a rep is a "severe diplomatic expression" that in the past has been used to sever diplomatic relations or as a response to a major event.

Joanne Ou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “We at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thank Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang for all she has done to expand our international exchanges. We also reaffirm that the Republic of China (Taiwan) -- that we are a sovereign, independent country. Our country has the right to hold exchanges with every country in the world and deepen friendly interaction with them.”

According to reports, Hong told MOFA that Audrey Tang's appearance was canceled due to "comprehensive considerations" but bilateral relations between South Korea and Taiwan have not changed. He also said he would pass MOFA's message of displeasure along.

 

 

 

南韓第四次工業革命委員會,12月16日舉辦全球政策會議,委員會9月就已先邀請行政院政務委員唐鳳,在社會創新場次以台灣數位部長身分發表演說,不過16日當天一早,主辦方卻突然臨時通知取消,原因是考量兩岸關係各層面,外交部批評韓方行為失禮,20日召見韓國駐台北代理代表洪淳昌,表達強烈不滿。

外交部發言人歐江安表示:「對於韓國失禮的行為,外交部我們已經召見了,韓國駐台北代理代表洪淳昌先生,來表達我國強烈的不滿。」

我駐韓代表唐殿文也同步向韓方表達我國政府的嚴正抗議。外交部召見駐台使節,已是相當嚴重的外交表示,過去曾出現在斷交及重大事件上。

外交部發言人歐江安表示:「外交部我們在這邊感謝政務委員唐鳳,對於拓展國際交流所做出的努力,並且我們再次重申中華民國台灣,我們是主權獨立的國家,我國有權力與世界各國進行交流,以及深化友好的互動往來。」

根據了解,洪淳昌在召見中表示,根據他的初步瞭解,委員會是基於「綜合性考量」取消邀請,台韓關係及雙方實質合作將穩定不變,他會向韓國外交部如實轉達我方立場。

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