A call from the US to give Taiwan a greater role within the United Nations is a cold stone for China. Taiwan has “no right” to participate in the United Nations, Beijing said.
The Chinese government responded to a plea from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He called Taiwan a “democratic success story” and said the island state should be able to participate in a “meaningful way” within the United Nations. “Especially as we face an unprecedented number of international challenges.”
Blinken said in a statement that Taiwan’s absence undermines the “important work” of UN agencies. “Taiwanese scientists, technical experts, business people, artists, educators, students, human rights activists and others are denied entry because of their nationality.”
A Chinese spokesman stated that only sovereign states could be members of the international organization. “Taiwan is part of China.”
Taiwan is officially called the Republic of China. Nationalist Chinese had fled to the island in the 1940s after losing a civil war to the communists in mainland China. Taiwan had to cede its seat in China to the People’s Republic of China in 1971. He sees the democratically governed Taiwan as a renegade province and tries to isolate the island state internationally.
This also puts pressure on relations with the US. Washington sees Taiwan as an important partner and is also at loggerheads with China over other issues, such as trade and human rights. The Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times accused Blinken of launching a “new offensive” on Taiwan. The paper wrote in a commentary that China “will not take a step back” and that there is still insufficient support within the UN for the US call.