Taiwan is already in the United Nations
by Dennis Zhu
translated by Bevin Chu
Election season is here. The Green camp never seems to tire of trotting out the “Join the UN” issue. Nor is the Kuomintang willing to take a back seat. For this round it has steeled itself, and decided to play the game out to the bitter end. But if we look at the issue in all seriousness, the “Join the UN” issue is phony through and through.
China (the mainland plus Taiwan) is a founding member of the United Nations. Prior to 1971, the Republic of China represented China in the United Nations. After 1971, the People’s Republic of China successfully replaced the Republic of China, becoming China’s (the mainland plus Taiwan) legitimate representative in the United Nations. The various mainland provinces and Province of Taiwan, have from beginning to end, remained integral parts of China, so naturally they have been inside the United Nations. If Taiwan wants to join the United Nations, it must first separate from China, only then will it have any basis for joining the United Nations. If it hasn’t declared independence, yet hopes to join the UN, that is a self-contradictory position that the international community cannot accept.
The Republic of China government, not Taiwan, was forced out of the United Nations in 1971. The challenge today is to convince the Beijing authorities to allow the Taiwan authorities to join China’s delegation in the United Nations, to join forces with the mainland, and practice the diplomacy befitting a great nation.