China: "Taiwan independence" provocation doomed to fail

Updated: 2007-07-24 15:33

BEIJING -- China on Tuesday branded Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian a "schemer" for his attempt to push Taiwan into the United Nations, saying that "Taiwan independence" activities are doomed to fail.

The Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council made the remark in a statement following the UN rejection of Taiwan authorities' application to join the United Nations under the name of Taiwan.

A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the UN Office of Legal Affairs had rejected the application for UN membership by Taiwan, which was conveyed by the permanent representatives of two member states, and the application had been returned, said a statement issued on the UN's Chinese-language website.

The statement said the decision was made in keeping with resolution 2758 of the UN General Assembly, which determined that the United Nations abides by the one-China policy.

The resolution, which was adopted in 1971 at the 26th UN General Assembly, says, "The representatives of the government of the People's Republic of China are the only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations".

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