Taiwan has no right to join the UN

China reiterated Wednesday that Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, after the United States called for the democratic island to have greater involvement in the world body.

In a statement marking 50 years after the UN General Assembly voted to designate Beijing and remove Taipei as a member, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday he regrets that Taiwan is increasingly being pushed off the world stage.

“While the international community is facing unprecedented global and complex issues, it is imperative that all stakeholders help address these issues. This includes 24 million people living in Taiwan,” said Blinken.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the US-Colombia High Level Dialogue, at the Ministry of State headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, October 21, 2021. (Photo: Luisa Gonzalez via AP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the US-Colombia High Level Dialogue, at the Ministry of State headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, October 21, 2021. (Photo: Luisa Gonzalez via AP)

“Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a pragmatic issue,” he continued.

“This is why we encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting the strong and meaningful participation of Taiwan throughout the UN system and the international community,” he continued.

China regards Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. Nationalist troops fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing to the communists in China’s civil war.

China countered Blinken’s remarks with an often harsh statement, emphasizing the position that the Taiwanese government has no place on the global stage of diplomacy.

“Taiwan has no right to join the UN,” Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told reporters.

“The UN is an international governmental organization made up of sovereign states… Taiwan is part of China,” he continued.

The US has long called for Taiwan’s inclusion in UN activities.

This latest statement adds to the escalation of diplomatic rhetoric and military attitudes towards Taiwan.

China regularly increases fighter aircraft flights near the island.

US President Joe Biden last week said in a televised forum that the US was ready to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.

The statement was quickly withdrawn by the White House amid warnings from China, continuing a strategy of uncertainty over whether the US would intervene militarily if China attacked.

The US shifted its recognition in 1979 to Beijing.

But Congress at the same time approved the Taiwan Relations Act, which requires arms supplies to the island for its self-defense.

Blinken on Tuesday reiterated that the US remains recognizing Beijing alone.

But it underscores the democratic record of the island of 23 million people.

“Taiwan has been a success story for democracy,” said Blinken. “We are among the many UN member states that regard Taiwan as a valuable partner and trusted friend.” [uh/ab]

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