The U.S. announced its support to include Taiwan in the system of the United Nations for the first time. A move that will likely be seen as extremely provocative to China.
As The Hill reports:
The United States on Tuesday backed Taiwan’s inclusion in the United Nations system, a move that is likely to rankle China, which considers the island under the authority of Beijing.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system” a “pragmatic” issue and not a political one.
“The fact that Taiwan participated robustly in certain UN specialized agencies for the vast majority of the past 50 years is evidence of the value the international community places in Taiwan’s contributions,” Blinken said in a statement.
The secretary praised the island as a democratic success story and representing values that “align” with the U.N. He added that Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly robs the global community of its “world-class” response to the COVID-19 pandemic and raised the issue that Taiwan’s scientists, technical experts, business persons, artists, educators, students and human rights advocates are blocked from participating as members of civil society.
Sec Blinken supports Taiwan’s participation in the UN system, he explains. “Taiwan’s exclusion undermines the important work of the UN and its related bodies, all of which stand to benefit greatly from its contributions,” he says. pic.twitter.com/e7CjKii92y
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China has consistently opposed Taiwan’s inclusion in the U.N. system as well as opposing all attempts to recognize its sovereign status.