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China Responds to Blinken’s Attempt To Bring Taiwan to the UN

Oct. 27, 2021 (EIRNS)—The Chinese government responded promptly on Oct. 26 to Tony Blinken’s outrageous attempt to bring Taiwan into the UN structure, which is intended to give more ammunition to the “Taiwan independence” crowd. China’s Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang issued a statement on the same day lambasting Blinken’s call on UN members to support Taiwan in achieving “robust participation” in United Nations organs, a step no doubt aimed at bringing Taiwan ultimately into the UN. The statement referred to the earlier U.S. attempt to create a UN where there were “two Chinas,” Taiwan and the P.R.C., when it was clear in 1971 that the UN General Assembly had a majority which was prepared to award the seat of China to the People’s Republic. The statement read:

“Fifty years ago, the U.S. attempt to create ‘one China, one Taiwan’ or ‘two Chinas’ in the UN ended up in a complete failure. But today, it is still openly emboldening and supporting ‘Taiwan independence’ forces and challenging international law and basic norms governing international relations, including the One-China Principle. Such efforts will be futile and doomed to failure. It must be pointed out that the One-China Principle and the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiqués are the political foundation of the China-U.S. relationship.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian replied to the matter today, making four points: First, that there is only one China in the world. Second, the Taiwan region’s participation in activities of international organizations must be handled in accordance with the one-China principle. “Resolution 2758 adopted by the General Assembly has solved once and for all the issue of China’s representation in the UN in political, legal and procedural terms,” Zhao Lijian said. Third, “The Taiwan authorities recalcitrantly stick to the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist position, refuse to recognize the 1992 consensus and go all out to expand its so-called ‘international space,’ going further down the path of ‘Taiwan independence’ separatism.” Zhao called this the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region. And fourth,

“the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués constitute the political foundation of China-U.S. relations. The so-called ‘Taiwan Relations Act’ and ‘Six Assurances’ unilaterally concocted by the U.S. gravely violate international law, basic norms governing international relations and the one-China principle. China has made clear its firm rejection to them from the very beginning.”

Some of those pushing that policy may truly believe that such a push will not lead to war but that China will “fold” in the hope of maintaining its economic relations with the rest of the world. These people should be reminded, as Chas Freeman, the first U.S. chargé d’affaires in Beijing after the establishment of relations with China, pointed out, that when it looked as if President Reagan, at the beginning of his Presidency, was moving in the direction of recognizing Taiwan (which he quickly changed on receiving more sage advice), Deng Xiaoping had reportedly prepared a speech announcing that the “reform and opening up” was at an end, which he never gave because of Reagan’s shift on the matter.

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