Taiwan was supposed to be the last leg on the international torch relay. Once China started claiming it was the first stop on the Chinese relay, Taiwan reneged.
At a separate event, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said it was the government’s policy that Taiwan must not be insulted or belittled through welcoming the Olympic torch.
“Taiwan is a member of the International Olympic Committee. As a member of the committee, we must be treated equally and with respect,” Su said. “Unfortunately, China has been seeking all kinds of opportunities to degrade and belittle us. This is unacceptable.”