The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (MOFA) and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) refuted and condemned Yan Jiarong, the Beijing Winter Olympic Organizing Committee’s spokesperson, for using the occasion of the Olympic Games to interfere with international sports activities through politics.
Yan Jiarong expressed at a press conference on Feb. 17 that “Taiwan is an inseparable part of China.”
MOFA pointed out on Feb. 18 that Yan Jiarong violated the Olympic Charter’s 50 “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
MOFA noted that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach also condemned the Chinese side’s untrue statements that undermined Taiwan’s sovereignty and expressed its protest.
The Ministry reiterated on their official website that “Taiwan is Taiwan and is not subordinate to the People’s Republic of China; that the government of the People’s Republic of China has never ruled Taiwan, and that only a government freely elected by the people of Taiwan can represent the people of Taiwan at the international level. No matter how much China distorts its claim to Taiwan, it cannot change the objective facts.”