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MOFA response to UN Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed’s comments on Taiwan’s inclusion in UN

  • Date:2023-09-17
  • Data Source:Department of International Organizations

September 17, 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) sincerely thanks United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and the four cochairs of the bipartisan Taiwan Caucus of the US Congress for being a voice for justice in support of Taiwan. It also strongly condemns the trite repetition of falsehoods by China’s Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun.

MOFA solemnly reiterates that UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 addresses only the issue of China’s representation in the UN without mentioning Taiwan in its entire text. The resolution does not authorize the People’s Republic of China to represent Taiwan in the UN system, nor does it state that Taiwan is a part of the PRC. China has seriously undermined the Taiwanese people’s basic human right to international participation by continuing to deliberately distort and politically misrepresent the resolution, absurdly linking it to the so-called one China principle for which there is no international consensus and relentlessly pressuring the UN system to exclude Taiwan. 

MOFA solemnly stresses that neither democratic Taiwan nor autocratic China is subordinate to the other. This is both is an internationally recognized fact and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Only the democratically elected government of Taiwan can represent the 23 million Taiwanese people in the UN system and other international arenas.

Taiwan is a force for good and a responsible member of the international community.  It is devoted to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and actively assists countries in need with capacity building. Embracing Taiwan’s participation will not only benefit all humanity but also ensure that the UN upholds its principles of universality and of leaving no one behind. MOFA again urges the UN system to firmly stand up to China’s heavy-handed and unreasonable pressure and to stop misinterpreting UNGA Resolution 2758, starting from allowing Taiwanese citizens and journalists holding an R.O.C. (Taiwan) passport to access UN premises to visit, attend meetings, and engage in newsgathering.