Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kong Quan On the Motion for Taiwan's "Participation" in the United Nations
2002/08/20
On 7 August (New York time), Gambia and a handful of countries, at the instigation of the Taiwan authorities, wrote to the UN Secretary-General, calling for the examination of the so-called "Taiwan's representation in the United Nations" at the 57th Session of the UN General Assembly. This is a grave violation of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, an infringement upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and an interference in China's internal affairs. We hereby wish to express our strong indignation and resolute opposition to the proposal.

There is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The United Nations is an inter-governmental international organization of sovereign states. As a province of China, Taiwan is by no means entitled to join the UN and its specialized agencies in any name or in any form. Resolution 2758 adopted by the 26th UN General Assembly in 1971 recognized the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government representing the entire Chinese people. It has solved once and for all, in the political, legal and procedural terms, the issue of China's representation in the UN.

Since 1993, the UN General Affairs Committee has for nine successive years refused to include the so-called question of Taiwan's "participation" in the UN in the agenda of the UN General Assembly. This fully shows that the stance of the Chinese Government on this issue enjoys extensive understanding and support from the international community.

Achieving the reunification of the motherland is the common aspiration of the Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits. It is the trend of the times. However, the Taiwan authorities still reject the one China principle and even call for "one side, one country". In an open challenge to the UN General Assembly Resolution 2758, Taiwan has kept on creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" at the UN and calling itself as a "sovereign state". Such a move runs against the trend of the history and the will of the people. It is doomed to yet another failure.
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