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
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
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