According to Reuters, Taiwan will not send government officials to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics and calls on the Chinese regime not to use politics to “interfere” with the Olympic Games or “belittle” the island.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council announced that its athletes are still expected to attend the event. Taiwan’s Olympic committee will lead a delegation to China, and it will handle matters related to the Olympics.
The council says a statement, “In addition, considering the limited number of participants and the previous precedent that our side’s officials were often absent, no official representatives will be sent.”
Taiwan attends almost all major sporting games as “Chinese Taipei,” including the Winter and Summer Olympics. The move is not to upset Beijing due to the “One China” policy as the regime considers the democratically self-governed island as part of China.
According to its Olympic committee, four Taiwanese are qualified to attend the Games.
“We call on this year’s organizers to abide by the ‘Olympic Charter’ and not use political factors to interfere with the competition and suppress and belittle our side. Relevant government units will also be prepared to respond to various emergencies,” the statement concluded.
A senior Taiwan official told Reuters that Taipei authorities feared that Chinese officials could downgrade its status by putting Taiwan’s athletes along with those from China’s “special administrative region” of Hong Kong and Macao during the opening ceremony.
Relations between the two countries have gone down in recent years as the communist regime conducted its aggressive military and diplomatic pressure to declare its territorial claims. This week, Beijing sent more aircrafts into Taiwan’s air defense zone.
Taiwan joins other countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, not sending officials to attend the Games.
Taiwan has never won a medal at the Winter Olympics.
Taiwan’s best Olympic performance was in last year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics with 12 medals. During the event, the Taiwanese raised the old debate whether the self-ruled island should participate under the name “Taiwan”. Many of them wanted to use “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” at the Games.