Sunday, October 14, 2007

Taiwan is already in the United Nations

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.

Taiwan, a Province of China, is already in the UN






  1. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Taiwnn and China are two separate nations. Shanghai will be a independent country in the near future! We should protest the Shanghai World Expo!

  2. The Taiwan independence advocate who posted the above message doesn't realize it, but he's unwittingly touched on a key issue dear to the hearts of free market anarchists such as myself, namely, the "universal right to secession."

    By the same token, the City of Taipei has the right to secede from any would-be "Republic of Taiwan."

    From a free market anarchist perspective, there is no lower limit on how large a political entity must be before it has the right to secede.

    If advocates of Taiwan independence are willing to allow others to secede from any "Republic of Taiwan" they might found, the way they demand the right to secede from China, then they should affirm their position in writing to the United Nations and other international bodies.

    Of course they won't. Because Taiwan independence advocates are hypocrites who demand "independence for me, but not for thee."