Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian has written to China's UN representative Wang
Guangya and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealing against the global body's
recent decision not to make Taiwan a member, Chen's office spokesman said in
The People's Republic of China (PRC) resumed its legitimate status in the UN
in 1971 when Taiwan was expelled to honor the one-China policy. The PRC opposes
any move that signifies Taiwan's separate status, such as UN membership, because
the island is an integral part of China.
Taiwan's leaders, however, has tried repeatedly to enter the UN, with Chen's
latest move coming last month.
Chen has challenged the UN's latest rejection by writing to Ban and Wang, who
was the UN Security Council president in July, his spokesman David Lee said. The
letters reached the UN Headquarters yesterday, he said.
The US does not support Taiwan's membership in the UN and has criticized
Chen's plans for UN referendum.
Last month, US Pacific Command Admiral Timothy Keating said Chen's statements
on the island's "independence" were not conducive to maintaining peace across
the Taiwan Straits.
His remarks reflected Washington's fears over Chen's plan to hold a
referendum on the island's entry into the UN under the name of "Taiwan".
Chen applied for UN membership on July 19. The UN Secretariat rejected the
application, citing a 1971 resolution that accepts the one-China policy and
recognizes the PRC as lawful representative of China in the world body.
Chen's "Taiwan independence" activities are doomed to failure, said a
statement issued by the Taiwan Work Office of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
after the rejection of the application on July 24.
Taiwan's latest application differs from the earlier ones because it was
submitted under the name of "Taiwan", rather than its "formal" name of "Republic
This is part of a larger conspiracy by Chen to remove the name China from
official institutions and rework textbooks to emphasize a distinct and separate
identity for Taiwan.
The PRC sees this as a dangerous step to seek "Taiwan independence".
China Daily - Agencies
(China Daily 08/02/2007 page2)