Taiwan, United States Discuss UN Participation Before Key Anniversary | World news

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwanese and US officials discussed how Taiwan can participate “meaningfully” in the United Nations just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech to mark his country’s half-decade since joining the global body.

Taiwan, using its official name of the Republic of China, occupied the Chinese seat at the United Nations until October 25, 1971, when it was rejected as the country’s representative in favor of the People’s Republic of China, which had won a civil election. war in 1949 and forced the Republican government to flee to the island.

China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces and therefore has the exclusive right to represent Taiwan internationally. The democratically elected government in Taipei says that only it has this right.

In a statement on Saturday evening, the US State Department said that US and Taiwanese officials met virtually on Friday for a “discussion focused on supporting Taiwan’s ability to meaningfully participate in the UN.”

“The American participants reiterated the United States’ commitment to Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the World Health Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and discussed ways to highlight the Taiwan’s ability to contribute to efforts on a wide range of issues, ”he added.

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Among the attendees were the State Department’s Acting Deputy Principal Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Rick Waters, and Taiwan’s de facto Deputy Ambassador to Washington, DC. Wang Liang-yu, the State Department said.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for their “strong support.”

Xi is due to speak on Monday on the 50th anniversary of what China calls restoration of legal seat at the United Nations

Taiwan has been particularly angered by its inability to fully access the WHO during the COVID-19 pandemic, although China and the WHO say the island has received the help it needs.

China has stepped up political and military pressure to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend itself if China attacks.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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