August 13, 2005

China says Taiwan U.N. bid again doomed to failure

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which views Taiwan as a
breakaway province, said on Saturday the self-ruled island's
13th successive bid to join the United Nations was doomed to

Taiwan has tried to join the United Nations every year
since 1993, but each time China and its allies, supporting
Beijing's "one China" policy, have kept the door shut.

"The nature of the proposals is that the Taiwan authority
is trying to air 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan' and
'Taiwan Independence' in the international community," Xinhua
news agency quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan
as saying.

"Such activities violate the U.N. Charter and are unpopular
and bound to fail."

Taiwan, recognised by just 26 allies, mostly third world
countries, launched its new bid to join the United Nations on
Friday and asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to help keep
the peace across the Taiwan Strait.

The question of U.N. membership has raged since 1949, when
Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government lost the Chinese civil
war to the communists on mainland China and fled to Taiwan,
taking with him the Republic of China government.

Chiang held on to China's U.N. seat until 1971, when the
General Assembly expelled Taiwan and gave the seat to Beijing.

China, which says the island must be reunified, by force if
necessary, sits on the Security Council, has veto power and
many more friends in the United Nations than Taiwan.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Mark Chen said on Friday Taiwan had
no intention of challenging China's U.N. seat.

"The authorities in Beijing must understand their repeated
efforts to suppress efforts by Taiwan's 23 million people to
participate in the international community will only provoke
the people of Taiwan and hurt peace in the Taiwan Strait."