The Taiwanese government launched a campaign on Monday that seeks to achieve significant participation in the UN, where the Asian island demands its return, but the lack of international support – only fourteen countries recognize it as a state – makes it difficult for it to materialize.
“In order to achieve meaningful participation in the United Nations, this year Taiwan continues to work to enlist the support of the international community under the slogan ‘Global Peace: You and Taiwan’ (Global Peace-YoU & Taiwan)”, says a statement published this Monday by the Government of Taiwan.
Last week, Taiwan asked to participate in the UN General Assembly to be held between September 13 and 26, presenting itself as a “beacon of democracy in Asia” and recalling its successes in the fight against covid-19. or climate change.
The petition was conveyed in a statement distributed worldwide, and has little chance of success due to China‘s vetowhich since 1971 occupies the seat that Taiwan held until then in the name of the “Republic of China”, the official name of the island-state.
This year, the Government of Taipei recalls its work in providing humanitarian support to the countries hardest hit by covid-19 and later by the war in Ukraine, and stresses that it has sent more than 550 tons of food to the Ukrainian people, more than 40 million dollars for war refugees.
Other arguments displayed by Taiwan this year are that it is the 22nd largest economy in the world (in GDP)the largest producer of semiconductors and also a victim of “the increasing rhetorical and military intimidation of China”.
With this, the statement refers to the military maneuvers carried out by China in the Strait of Formosa after a controversial visit to the island by the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a trip that Beijing interpreted as a clear gesture of hostility of the Joe Biden administration.
With its call to participate in the General Assembly, Taiwan (23.5 million inhabitants) does not aspire to replace Beijing as the representative of the Chinese people, but to gain recognition and visibility in the two weeks of greater visibility in the international community.
Democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by mainland China, which claims the autonomous island as part of its territory to be conquered one day, by force if necessary.
Beijing has lashed out at any diplomatic move that might give Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger at visits by Western officials and politicians.
Last week, a group of French lawmakers landed in Taipei, the first high-level European delegation since China conducted huge war exercises to protest the visit to the island of Nancy Pelosi.
The delegation of five French legislators is headed by Senator Cyril Pellavat, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that it was the fourth visit by French politicians in the last 12 months.
Last month, China sent warships, missiles and fighter jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan in a show of opposition to Pelosi’s presence, her biggest and most aggressive exercises since the mid-1990s.
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