After US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that Taiwan’s admission to the UN would be pragmatic, Beijing responded by stating that Taiwan should not be allowed to join the organization since the island is part of China. Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told reporters on Wednesday that the UN was an international governmental body composed of sovereign nations — and Taiwan was not one of them. “Taiwan is a part of China and has no right to join the UN,” Ma stressed.
Reunification with China is in the greatest interests of the Taiwanese people and would be accomplished peacefully, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, warning other nations against intervening in the matter. “Taiwan independence separatism is the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation and the biggest obstacle to achieving motherland reunification,” Xi said in a speech at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Saturday. “Realizing national reunification through peaceful means best serves the interests of the nation as a whole, including our Taiwanese brothers and sisters,” the President stated.
China has demanded that the US remove its backing for anti-Beijing separatist elements in Chinese Taipei. Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made the request on Monday in response to a US State Department statement accusing China of “provocative military activity” by flying dozens of fighter planes in an air power display near Chinese Taipei. Hua stated that the self-ruled island belongs to China and that the US is not in a position to make reckless statements that contradict the “One China” policy.