16 al­lies speak in fa­vor of na­tion at UN

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment yesterday ex­pressed its grat­i­tude to­ward the diplo­matic al­lies that vouched for it as the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly con­vened for its an­nual Gen­eral De­bate last week. All in all, 16 of the R.O.C.’s diplo­matic al­lies spoke di­rectly in sup­port of the is­land’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions ac­tiv­ity.

For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin thanked the 16 al­lies, which in­cluded Paraguay, Swaziland, Saint Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Nauru, the Mar­shall Is­lands, Haiti, the Solomon Is­lands, Burk­ina Faso, Saint Kitts and Ne­vis, Belize, Saint Lu­cia, Kiri­bati, Sao Tome and Principe, Gu­atemala, and Palau. The num­ber of al­lies speak­ing for Tai­wan was the same as in the pre­vi­ous two years.

The for­eign min­is­ter ex­tended his thanks, stat­ing that it was “a good thing” for the R.O.C.’s al­lies to speak for its greater par­tic­i­pa­tion in U.N. ac­tiv­i­ties.

Gu­atemala’s For­eign

Min­is­ter Car­los Raul Mo­rales praised the im­prove­ment of re­la­tions in the Tai­wan Strait and the in­creased co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Tai­wan and main­land China. Palau’s U. N. Am­bas­sador Caleb Otto thanked the R.O.C. for help­ing his coun­try reach its Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals and cited Tai­wan’s prom­ise to re­duce car­bon emis­sions to 50 per­cent of 2005 emis­sion lev­els by 2050.

The six diplo­matic al­lies who did not men­tion Tai­wan in their open­ing ad­dresses to the Gen­eral Assem­bly in­cluded the Vat­i­can, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic.

Lin at­tempted to down­play these de­vel­op­ments, say­ing that the num­ber of al­lies speak­ing for the is­land had re­mained con­stant, and that those states that chose not to speak on be­half of Tai­wan had their own con­sid­er­a­tions and were not nec­es­sar­ily pres­sured by main­land China or the pres­ence of its leader, Xi Jin­ping, at the in­ter­na­tional body. Xi made his first ap­pear­ance at the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly since tak­ing over as main­land leader three years ago.

In past prac­tice, the Vat­i­can has never used the Gen­eral De­bate as a venue to voice sup­port for the R.O.C., while Cen­tral Amer­i­can al­lies Panama, Honduras and the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic have cho­sen not to speak for the R.O.C. in re­cent years.

The 70th ses­sion of the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York has been at­tended by 144 world lead­ers and will run un­til Oct. 6. Par­tic­i­pa­tion has run even higher for the sum­mit ded­i­cated to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Tai­wan has now at­tempted for 23 years to re­join the U.N. or seek a greater role in its spon­sored or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­sti­tu­tions af­ter be­ing ex­pelled in 1971 in fa­vor of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of main­land China.

Un­der a diplo­matic truce be­gin­ning in 2008, Tai­wan and China have in re­cent years ceased to openly at­tempt to poach each other’s diplo­matic al­lies in a bat­tle for in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

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