China says Taiwan has no right to join UN as US escalates tensions | Taiwan
China said Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, after the United States raised tensions with a call for the democratic island Greater participation in the global body.
In a statement marking 50 years since the United Nations General Assembly voted to seat Beijing and directed Taipei, the US Secretary of State, Anthony BlinkOn Tuesday, he said he regretted the increasingly exclusion of Taiwan on the world stage.
“As the international community faces an unprecedented number of complex and global issues, it is critical for all stakeholders to help address these problems. This includes the 24 million people who live in them. Taiwan,” He said.
“Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a practical one. That is why we encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan’s strong and meaningful participation throughout the UN system and in the international community.”
China considers Taiwan, to which Nationalist forces fled in 1949 after losing the civil war to the Communists, a province that needs to be reunited by force if necessary.
In response to Blinken’s statement, China reiterated its position that the Taiwan government has no place on the world diplomatic stage. Taiwan has no right to join United nationssaid Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing. “The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization made up of sovereign states…Taiwan is part of China.”
The United States has long called for Taiwan to be included in the activities of the United Nations.
Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, thanked the United States for its support and said, “We appreciate it very much.” “We will continue to fight for our rights in international organizations.” He said the situation was “getting more and more dangerous” as China continued to send troops into the Taiwan Strait. “We are determined to defend ourselves,” Wu said.
The latest statement adds to the escalation of diplomatic rhetoric and military positions on Taiwan. China regularly sets records for the number of warplanes flights near the island, US President Joe Biden said last week on a televised forum. His country was ready to defend Taiwan from any Chinese invasion.
The White House quickly toned down those comments amid warnings from China, and continued the strategy of ambiguity about whether the United States would intervene militarily if it attacked China.
The United States changed recognition of Beijing in 1979 but Congress at the same time approved the Taiwan Relations Act, which obligates it to supply the island with weapons for self-defense.
Blinken reiterated on Tuesday that the United States only recognizes Beijing – but stressed the island’s democratic credentials of 23 million people. “Taiwan has become a democratic success story,” he said. “We are among many UN member states who consider Taiwan an important partner and a reliable friend.” Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, welcomed Blinken’s remarks. “Grateful for US support for expanding Taiwan’s international participation,” I tweeted. “We are ready to work with all like-minded partners to contribute our expertise to international organizations, mechanisms and events.”