Xi Jinping Addressing the 50th Anniversary of UN Resolution 2758 聯合國第2758號決議50週年 習發表談話

It has been 50 years for the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations and remove the Republic of China, or Taiwan, from the United Nations. China's President Xi Jinping said the resolution still rings true. However, some US officials discussed Taiwan's participation at the UN as an observer.

Oct. 25, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 2758. China's President Xi Jinping gave an address in Beijing. According to Chinese media, Xi said the UN Resolution 2758, which stated that the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China in the United Nations was passed with an overwhelming majority back in 1971. Xi stressed that the international rules can only be determined by the 193 member states of the UN in whole and not by any individual member states. Xi hit back at the remarks made by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rick Waters earlier saying that China has been misusing UN Resolution 2758 to stop Taiwan from playing a big role in the organization. 

Chen I-hsin, Legislator (KMT):"Chapter 5 within the UN Charter still retains the Republic of China as one of the permanent members of the Security Council, so in the future, if we could return to the UN, we would have to return under the name of the Republic of China."

Wang Ting-yu, Legislator (DPP):"It is best to maintain a political gray zone. There is a "red line" on war and regional safety. Invading Taiwan will cross the red line. This seems to be a clear diplomatic trend that is agreed and followed by countries across the globe, which helps greatly in keeping Taiwan safe and stable."

The UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 was proposed by 23 member states led by Albania during the 26th general assembly meeting in 1971 and was passed the same year. It recognized the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations and removed the Republic of China from the United Nations. However, the US has been actively voicing support for Taiwan lately and high-level US diplomats have recently met with the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs via videocall to discuss Taiwan's participation at the UN and other international forums.

Weng Ming-hsien, Dean of School of Strategic Studies, Tamkang University:"Joining the UN means that the UN, as well as the rest of the world, recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state. China has always tried to block Taiwan from participating in the UN. US' support and assistance are very helpful to Taiwan's presence in the international community."

One scholar says that political reasons rise above all else in the decision of Taiwan's participation in the UN. It is currently very difficult for Taiwan to participate in the UN since China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and has the right to veto. Tensions between China and the US have lingered since the trade war erupted during the Trump administration and whether tensions would escalate needs to be observed.  




國民黨立委 陳以信表示:「在聯合國憲章當中第五條,仍然存在中華民國,所以未來如果要重返聯合國,我們仍然應該以中華民國的名義,來重返聯合國。」

民進黨立委 王定宇表示:「政治上,維持模糊的彈性,在軍事跟區域安全上,那條紅線,不容侵犯台灣的紅線,走向戰略清晰,這是這一個階段,國際外交發展的趨勢。這樣的發展對台灣和平、穩定,有莫大幫助。」


淡江大學國際事務與戰略研究所所長 翁明賢表示:「加入聯合國,就等於對全球國家承認,是一個主權獨立的一個國家。中國對台灣參與聯合國,會有很多的杯葛。美國出面來讓台灣能夠,不管用什麼名義來參與的話,將對台灣有助益。」



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