News ID: 317415
Published: 0342 GMT October 27, 2021

Taiwan has no right to join UN: China

Taiwan has no right to join UN: China

China insisted Wednesday that Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, after the United States ratcheted up tensions with a call for the island to have greater involvement in the world body.

In a statement marking 50 years since the UN General Assembly voted to seat Beijing and boot out Taipei, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday he regretted that Taiwan had been increasingly excluded on the world stage, AFP wrote.

"Taiwan's meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a pragmatic one," Blinken said.

"That is why we encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan's robust, meaningful participation throughout the UN system and in the international community."

China considers Taiwan – where nationalist forces fled in 1949 after losing a civil war to the communists – to be a province awaiting reunification.

It responded to Blinken's statement with strident, statements emphasizing its position that Taiwan's government had no place on the global diplomatic stage.

"Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations," Ma Xiaoguang, the spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told reporters.

"The United Nations is an international governmental organization composed of sovereign states... Taiwan is a part of China."

The United States has long called for Taiwan's inclusion in UN activities.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu thanked the US for its support: "We appreciate it very much," he said.

"We'll continue to fight for our rights in international organizations," Wu told reporters in Prague during an official tour.

US President Joe Biden last week told a televised forum that the United States was ready to defend Taiwan from any Chinese invasion.

Those comments were quickly walked back by the White House amid warnings from China, continuing a strategy of ambiguity on whether it would intervene militarily if China attacked.

The United States switched recognition in 1979 to Beijing.

But Congress at the same time approved the Taiwan Relations Act that obligated the supply of weapons to the island for its self-defense.

Blinken on Tuesday reiterated that the United States still recognized only Beijing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed Blinken's remarks.

"Grateful for US support for expanding Taiwan's international participation," she said on Twitter.

"We stand ready to work with all like-minded partners to contribute our expertise in international organizations, mechanisms & events."



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