30 March 2022
According to a new report, Beijing is attempting to impose its narrative on United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations that democratic Taiwan is part of Communist-ruled China.
A 50-page study released last week by the German Marshall Fund of the United States warned that Beijing is using its influence at the United Nations to compel non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to rewrite references to Taiwan and revise historical documents or risk losing access.
Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, held the “China” United Nations seat until 1971, when the People’s Republic of China took over with the passage of Resolution 2758.
According to the report, the Resolution 2758 does not include the words “Republic of China” or “Taiwan.”
It also does not present an institutional position on the status of Taiwan, despite the PRC’s claims, and simply states that the PRC will represent “China” at the United Nations.
Beijing now has moved to twist the original text of Resolution 2758 in ways that make it appear to be equivalent to its “One China” principle and its position, “there is only one China in the world, Taiwan is a part of China, and the government of the PRC is the sole legal government representing the entire Chinese people.”
Bonnie Glaser, the co-author of the report and director of the Marshall Fund’s Asia Program, stated:
“Many countries around the world don’t want to pick a fight with China, so even if they don’t accept Beijing’s ‘One China’ principle, they avoid challenging it. Citizens from Taiwan cannot even visit U.N. buildings unless they have a travel permit issued by China: If democracies stood firmly against these PRC efforts, they would have a great deal of leverage.”
Perhaps also interesting:
And like always the hint:
Many Chinese people are great, gentle, and nice, Xi Jinping and his admirers are not.
RMJ Reinhard Markert Journalist