U.S. Representatives call for Taiwan membership of U.N.

09/10/2021 06:15 PM
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The U.S. Capitol Hill. CNA file photo
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Washington, Sept. 9 (CNA) Two members of the United States House of Representatives on Thursday urged the U.S. government to support Taiwan's membership of the United Nations.

In a letter addressed to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Republican lawmakers Scott Perry and Tom Tiffany called on the ambassador to "use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to secure Taiwan's ascension."

The letter was revealed by Tiffany via Twitter several days ahead of the U.N. General Assembly, which will take place from Sept. 14-21 in New York with the option of virtual participation over COVID-19 concerns.

The U.S. administration should "ensure that Taiwan is fully invested with the rights, privileges, and responsibilities as a U.N. member state," the letter said.

The lawmakers also asked for the ambassador to detail in a response how Washington plans to assist Taiwan's inclusion as a U.N. member state.

According to the lawmakers, Taiwan's inclusion in the U.N. would be "a victory for democracy and the rules-based international order."

"It is beyond the pale that we allow our fear of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to dictate our foreign policy and allow the U.N. body -- dominated by the influence of the Chinese Communist Party -- to repeatedly reject Taiwan's requests to formally join the U.N.," the letter said.

"No cogent or logical argument can be made for Taiwan's 50-year exclusion from the U.N.," the letter said, adding that the island ranks near the top 20 economies in the world, and is the 10th largest trading partner in goods with the U.S.

Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, left the U.N. in 1971 when the PRC took its place, and has since been excluded from its special agencies.

Taiwan has over the years campaigned for its participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the U.N.

As part of this year's efforts, Taiwan's government will again ask diplomatic allies to voice support for Taiwan's inclusion in the U.N., either by speaking up during the upcoming General Assembly or by sending letters to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(By Stacy Hsu and Teng Pei-ju)

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