The Chinese government responded to a request from US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen. He called Taiwan a “democratic success story” and said the island state could participate “in a meaningful way” within the United Nations. “In particular, we face an unprecedented number of international challenges.”
Blinken said in a statement that the absence of Taiwan undermines the “vital mission” of UN agencies. “Taiwanese scientists, technologists, businessmen, artists, academics, students, human rights activists and others are denied admission because of their nationality.”
Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China. The nationalist Chinese fled to the island in the 1940s after their defeat in a civil war with the Communists on mainland China. Taiwan was annexed by the Chinese UN to the People’s Republic of China in 1971. He sees democratically governed Taiwan as a treacherous province and seeks to isolate the island state internationally.
It also puts pressure on the relationship with the United States. Washington sees Taiwan as a key partner and conflicts with China on other issues such as trade and human rights. Blingen has accused the Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times of launching a “new attack” on Taiwan. The newspaper commented that China would not “back down” and that there was still insufficient support within the UN for the US call.
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