“My country expresses strong dissatisfaction and high regret over Philippine government officials wrongly accusing Taiwan as part of China,” Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou said in a statement, unofficial translation.
This is after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told ANC, April 29, that “we leave the Filipino caregiver (Elanel Ordidor) to the jurisdiction of Taiwanese authorities, because deportation is really a decision to be made by Taiwanese authorities – which forms part of China.”
“We leave that wholly to the jurisdiction of Taiwan and China. Taiwan is part of China, we respect that decision and of course in the same way that we will enforce our law on all foreigner while they are under our jurisdiction,” Roque reiterated.
Ou said “Taiwan, the Republic of China, is a sovereign and independent country and has never been a part of China. The People’s Republic of China has never ruled Taiwan.”
She added that “only the elected Taiwan government can represent the 23 million people of Taiwan internationally.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed our representative office in the Philippines to immediately negotiate with the Philippines to express their protests. We solemnly call on the government officials of the Philippines to face up to the facts and stop misrepresenting Taiwan as a part of China,” Ou said.