Taiwan blocked from ICAO summit

China has the (rotating) presidency of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has used this position to pursue it’s political agenda of isolating Taiwan from the international community. China has been intent on preventing Taiwan participating in world bodies such as the WHO for years now. Aviation safety is one of those areas of endeavor that simply has to be above political interference. J Michael Cole here explains the move. China is so determined to isolate Taiwan that delegates to the summit were warned their microphones would be muted if they dared to defy orders not to even mention the country by name. I don’t think I have to explain to other pilots why shunning Taiwan, with two international airlines and a handful of domestic and regional carriers, is short-sighted and dangerous. Ironically, one of ICAO’s current slogans is “No country left behind”.

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