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MOFA awaits China's reaction to Taiwan's U.N. bid

MOFA awaits China's reaction to Taiwan's U.N. bid

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that so far China has not yet reacted to Taiwan's latest bid to ask the United Nations to reconsider the feasibility of Taiwan's meaningful participation in the world body, but added that the ministry will keep close watch on any response from China.
"At least there has been no reaction by China so far, as the Olympic Games are still in progress there," said MOFA spokesman Henry Chen (陳銘政) at a regular press briefing in response to a reporter's question. "But we will continue to observe China's reaction."
Noting that the foreign ministry has notified its embassies and representative offices overseas to start promoting the U.N. bid, Chen said the responses from other countries have been "good so far."
"Everyone is being very proactive in promoting Taiwan's bid to the governments in the countries where they are posted," he said. "That is the main support we are trying to win."
Taiwan's bid to enter the U.N. was renewed last Thursday when two of its diplomatic allies - St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Solomon Islands - submitted a proposal to the U.N. Secretariat emphasizing the importance of Taiwan's "meaningful participation" in the world body and of a cross-Taiwan Strait policy of "reconciliation and truce."
Fresh approach
This marked a fresh approach by the ROC government for the country's admission to the U.N., under the new presidency of Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). The proposal did not mention the country's attempt to enter the U.N. under the name Taiwan or the possibility of returning to the U.N. as the ROC.
The previous Democratic Progressive Party administration, for the first time, applied in 2007 for Taiwan to join the U.N. as a full member under the name Taiwan. That proposal did not make the agenda of the U.N. General Assembly.
Since 1993, Taiwan's supporters have been trying to get the General Assembly to list the issue on the agenda, but Beijing's argument that Taiwan is part of China has prevailed.
Last Friday was the last day for U.N. members to submit proposals for the consideration of the General Assembly, scheduled to begin September 16.
This year, three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies - Nicaragua, the Solomon Islands and Honduras - entered the U.N. General Committee as members, the highest number of Taiwan allies on the committee since 1993.


Updated : 2021-05-19 08:18 GMT+08:00