Costa Rican lawmaker causes stir by supporting “One China” policy

Fernando Mendoza with Chinese counterpart, Zhang Dejiang

Fernando Mendoza with Chinese counterpart, Zhang Dejiang

July 11th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The president of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly, Luis Fernando Mendoza, is being criticized by fellow lawmakers after stating in a meeting with Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, that Costa Rica supports and adheres to the “One China” policy, which means the non-recognition of Taiwan and Tibet.

 

The information was released by China’s Xinhua news agency.  The “One China” policy requires countries that maintain relations with the Asian giant to recognize the regime in Beijing as the sole government and to have no diplomatic contact with Taiwan and Tibet.

 

Lawmaker Carmen Muñoz (PAC) said that the subject is one that should be handled by the Government (Executive Branch), not the Legislative Assembly, adding that Costa Rica should maintain a neutral position in such matters.  Muñoz questioned what it means to not recognize Tibet, calling into question China’s human rights record in the region.

 

Costa Rica severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan and Tibet under the administration of former president, Oscar Arias.  On June 6th, 2007, a press release by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcing diplomatic relations with China, read in part:

 

“…With this agreement, Costa Rica joins the 168 member states of the United Nations to recognize the one-China principle, and thus diplomatically recognizes the People’s Republic of China.”

 

Lawmaker Patricia Pérez described Muñoz’s statements as ‘unfortunate,’ and said they do not reflect the thinking of the legislature.

 

Pérez said that recognizing China as a world economic power is quite different than sharing China’s thinking with regard to Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

 

Mendoza’s statements in support of the One-China policy were heavily criticized in social networks.

 

Mendoza, in his statements, added that “Costa Rica expects closer cooperation with China politically, economically, and culturally.”

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  • prdatki

    He shoud be fired, fined, beaten and get life at hard labor. China wants to buy Costa Rica, wake up before it is too late !

  • Randy Roden

    A short look back: COMMUNIST CHINA built a stadium , gave C.R. several Police Cars, Gave several million dollars in loans, several million more as gifts, gave several million for a POLICE ACADEMY, the list goes on and on. How can the former , and present day, President think they are doing this out of the goodness of their heart? COMMUNIST CHINA does nothing for free. They ALWAYS expect something in return!! Such as getting a foot in the door of the C. R. Government. Then C.R. is lost to COMMUNISM!! Think I am wrong? Examples: Venezuela.
    Cuba. Nicarauga. Just to name three. Those were beautiful ,free countries. Now look. Each ,so called, President was elected by The People. Shortly thereafter, The Presidents declared themselves “LIFETIME Heads of State.” Oh they held elections, and always won by landslides. I can’t imagine Costa Ricans being that blinded by COMMUNIST LIES!! Some of us aren’t allowed to vote in C.R.’s Presidental elections, but that doesn’t mean WE can’t sound the alarm when we see the freedom of a beautiful country being assaulted and threatened. I hope Costa Ricans wake up before it is too late, and loose one of the most precious things
    that all of us enjoy.

    • mhogan

      I don’t outright disagree with a lot of what you said; but I would like to have an answer from you to a hypothetic question: If you, Randy, had a neighbor who, because he borrowed more than he could pay back on a bank loan and spent it willy-nilly on fulfilling his desires , would you (being a benevolent person that you are) go to the bank on his behalf and pay off his debt WITHOUT EXPECTING something in return? Let’s take it a step further: What if this neighbor who, instead of repaying the bank, frittered it away by building an enormous private garden on his huge property, constructed a man-made lake and stocked it with fish so he could enjoy his days in leisure instead of working to repay his loan. Would it matter that he flaunted his “greenness” and “ecological” wonder to the entire community while you, the neighbor worked to provide for a large family, and live modestly? How “sorry” would you feel for this neighbor? Or would you feel “entitled” to payback from this neighbor who had everything going for him but chose not to help himself? Maybe even a piece of his beautiful and bountiful garden so your family can enjoy life?