Beijing will never let Taipei participate in UN, former envoy to US says
- Cui Tiankai says talks between US and Taiwanese officials for ‘meaningful’ UN role ‘totally went against the tide of history’
- He says 1971 resolution that expelled the island from the global body made clear there was ‘only one China’
“This totally went against the tide of history,” Cui Tiankai said on Monday in his first public appearance since he stepped down in June as China’s longest-serving ambassador to the United States.
“There must be another motive, which will never win out – and we will never let it.”
Resolution 2758 was passed in 1971, formally expelling Taiwan – under its official name the Republic of China – and instead switching recognition to Beijing as “the only legitimate representative of China” at the United Nations.
Cui said the UN had changed over the past five decades. “It’s no longer the case that a few big countries have the final say, and the world order is moving in an increasingly fair and reasonable direction,” he said.
On Sunday, the US State Department said its “high-level representatives” had met officials from Taiwan’s foreign ministry and discussed “expanding Taiwan’s participation at the United Nations and in other international fora”.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says island 'will not bow' to mainland China
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Monday said Taipei’s participation in any international bodies should strictly follow the one-China policy.
“The Taiwanese authorities’ attempts to use foreigners to … expand their so-called international space is about expanding the space for Taiwan’s independence and secession, which is doomed to fail,” Wang said. “We urge the US … to stop official interaction with the Taiwanese authorities, stop making irresponsible comments and don’t send false signals to Taiwanese independence forces in any form.” He added that the US should not “do things that damage Sino-US relations and undermine the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait”.