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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Comments on the "Participation" of Taiwan in the United Nations

2007-08-16

On the evening of August 14 (New York time), under the subornation of the Taiwan authorities, a handful of countries including the Solomon Islands and Malawi sent a letter to President Haya Rashed al Khalifa of the 61st UN General Assembly, requesting the inclusion of the so-called "participation of Taiwan in the UN" into the agenda of the 62nd UN General Assembly, which China is firmly against.

Taiwan has been an inalienable part of the Chinese territory since ancient times. Both the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation confirmed China's sovereignty over Taiwan. Resolution 2758 adopted by the 26th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1971 stipulated clearly that the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal representative of China in the United Nations. More than 160 countries in the world have established diplomatic ties with China. They all recognize that there is but one China in the world with Taiwan part of it.

According to the UN Charter, the Provisional Rules of Procedure of the UN Security Council and the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly,only sovereign states can apply for the membership of the UN. As a part of China, Taiwan is completely not qualified, in whatever name, to "participate in" the United Nations for which statehood is a requirement.

Since 1993, the General Committee of the UN General Assembly has refused to include the Taiwan-related issues into the agenda of General Assembly for consecutive 14 years. It fully demonstrates that any action that runs counter to the UN Charter and Resolution 2758 of the UN General Assembly and any attempt aimed at splitting China are unpopular. They will never win the support of the vast majority of the UN members and are doomed to failure.

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