Issued on: 02/05/2020 – 09:59Modified: 02/05/2020 – 09:59
The United States tweeted its support for Taiwans participation in the United Nations Friday, provoking a sharp response from China expressing “strong indignation and firm opposition.”
The tweet from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said the 193-member global organization was founded to serve “all voices,” welcome “a diversity of views and perspectives” and promote human rights. It said “Barring #Taiwan from setting foot on UN grounds is an affront not just to the proud Taïwanese people, but to UN principles.” It was retweeted by U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft.
The decision by the U.S. administration to suddenly raise the Taiwan issue follows President Donald Tumps criticism of China over the coronavirus pandemic after weeks of elaborate praise of President Xi Jinpings performance in tackling the crisis.
Trump is now blaming China for not acting quickly to inform the world of exactly what was happening and halted U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting Beijing.
China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and uses its diplomatic clout to stop the island from joining any organizations that require statehood for membership. Taiwan left the United Nations in 1971 when China joined and is excluded from all of its agencies, including the WHOs assembly where its observer status has been stripped. At the same time, it has one of the most robust public health systems in the world, and has won praise for its handling of the virus outbreak.
The spokesperson for Chinas U.N. Mission called the U.S. Mission tweet “a serious violation” of the General Assembly resolution that gave China the U.N. seat, three U.S.-China joint communiques and Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“It gravely interferes with Chinas internal affairs and deeply hurts the feelings of the 1.4 billion Chinese people,” said the spokesperon, who was not named. “There is only one China in the world. The government of the Peoples Republic China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.”
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