U.S. Congressmen wrote to the World Bank on Friday (January 10), hoping that the World Bank would explain its request for Taiwanese employees to hold Chinese passports.
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Engel (Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY), senior member McCaul (Rep. Michael McCaul, R-TX), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) and committee Chief Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) expressed deep concern about this matter in a letter to World Bank President David Malpass. They wrote that the Chinese government insists in international organizations that Taiwan is part of China, but that Taiwan is part of China is not a consensus among UN members.
They also said: “The appropriateness of this practice is also not a matter of excluding Taiwan and Republic of China (Taiwan) passport holders from international organizations and preventing them from meaningfully participating in or serving in international organizations. Consensus. The World Bank or any other international organization should not assume this.”
The World Bank once required Taiwanese employees to hold Chinese passports to keep being hired, causing some affected people to leave the World Bank. The parliamentarians believe that this approach may be inconsistent with the World Bank’s code of conduct and long-term traditions, and will constitute “discrimination based on nationality.”
They wrote in the letter that the World Bank promised non-discrimination in the World Bank Group Code of Conduct. This policy prohibits discrimination based on “political or other views” and “national or social origin.”
The parliamentarians said in the letter: “Any practice that formalizes nationality as the World Bank’s recruitment criteria or employment conditions will have a harmful effect on the World Bank, and will also exclude qualified candidates for future work at the World Bank.”
In order to better understand and evaluate the World Bank’s nationality-related recruitment eligibility policy, the parliamentarians also requested the World Bank to provide written answers to this question and the questions of parliamentarians within two weeks after receiving the letter.
According to the US news website Axios, the World Bank revised its rules after being exposed last year, stating that it will give priority to hiring employees from member states, but does not prohibit employees from non-member states. Although Taiwan is not a member of the World Bank, Taiwanese have always worked at the World Bank.