China Says Taiwan Cannot Join United Nations | News | DW
China insisted on Wednesday that Taiwan did not have the right to join the United Nations, with the United States supporting the island’s inclusion on the global diplomatic scene.
Beijing said the issue of Taiwan’s representation at the UN level had already been resolved and criticized Washington for raising the issue again.
“Taiwan does not have the right to join the United Nations,” said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Chinese Affairs Bureau in Taiwan.
“The United Nations is an international governmental organization made up of sovereign states … Taiwan is part of China.”
Taiwan, formerly known as the Republic of China, is an autonomous democracy with independent government since 1949.
However, China sees the island as its renegade province, which will eventually be reunited, by force if necessary.
Beijing also claimed the exclusive right to represent Taiwan internationally.
UN Resolution 2758
China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 completely resolves the issue of China’s and Taiwan’s representation in the UN.
The 1971 UN resolution gave the seat of China, previously held by Taiwan, to the Beijing government.
“The United Nations system, the specialized agencies and the secretariat should manage the affairs related to Taiwan in accordance with the one-China principle and the resolution,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
“If the United States continues to play Taiwan’s card, it will surely bring enormous and revolutionary risks to Sino-US relations,” Zhao said.
Taipei, on the other hand, argues that the resolution deals only with China’s representation in the United Nations system, not Taiwan’s status.
United States supports Taiwan’s participation in UN
The Chinese reaction came a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he regretted that Taiwan had been excluded from the world stage.
“Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the United Nations system is not a political question, but a pragmatic one,” Blinken said, in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s vote for the headquarters of Beijing and the suppression of Taipei.
“That is why we encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan’s strong and meaningful participation throughout the United Nations system and in the international community,” he said. declared.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised the senior US diplomat’s remarks while her Foreign Minister Joseph Wu thanked Washington for its support.
“We will continue to fight for our rights in international organizations,” he said, adding that the situation “is becoming more and more dangerous” with the military and political intimidation of the island by China.
“We are determined to defend ourselves,” the minister said.
Until 1971, China was represented at the UN by the government of Taiwan, where nationalist forces fled after losing the civil war to the Communists.
The United States also transferred recognition to Beijing in 1979.
But at the same time, the United States Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act which required the United States to supply the island with arms in self-defense.
adi / rc (AFP, dpa)