China pushed back against Taiwan’s continued desire to rejoin the United Nations on Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse. This comes after the U.S. expressed support for Taiwan’s effort.
“Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a pragmatic one,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday.
People’s Republic of China leaders replaced Taiwanese leaders fifty years ago, based on a General Assembly vote. Taiwanese leaders–known as Republic of China representatives–fled the mainland in 1949 to avoid communist rule.
IT’S BEEN 50 YEARS SINCE TAIWAN WAS A PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
AND THE COUNTRY’S WANTED BACK IN.
THIS WEEK, THE US SAID “YEAH, WE WANT THAT, TOO.”
IT HAPPENED ON TUESDAY WHEN
US SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN SAID UN MEMBER STATES SHOULD SUPPORT TAIWAN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE UN SYSTEM.
BUT, UNSURPRISINGLY, CHINA RESPONDED, REITERATING THAT TAIWAN HAS NO RIGHT TO REJOIN.
THEY WERE VOTED OUT AND REPLACED BY PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA LEADERS IN 1971.
NOW, IT’S COMPLICATED, SO I BREAK DOWN HOW CHINA AND TAIWAN ARE TIED TOGETHER IN MY UPCOMING EXPLAINER. I ALSO DIG INTO HOW THE US FITS INTO IT ALL. SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IT.