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MOFA thanks international supporters for backing Taiwan UN bid

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its gratitude to allies and like-minded countries for standing behind Taiwan and its requests for inclusion in U.N. meetings Sept. 27.

Representatives from Belize, Eswatini, Guatemala, Haiti, Nauru, Palau, Paraguay, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands spoke out on Taiwan’s behalf during the 78th U.N. General Assembly and at associated high-level meetings. During the UNGA general debate, President Petr Pavel of Czechia also voiced concern over cross-strait conditions while condemning China’s escalation of tensions in the region, the MOFA said.

As the assembly began Sept. 18, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, as chair of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New York, issued a statement promoting cross-strait peace and Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international bodies. According to the ministry, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also reiterated the importance of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability while meeting with Vice President Han Zheng of China during the general assembly. 

Lawmakers from Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States also backed Taiwan in various ways, the MOFA said, adding that their support including releasing statements, passing bills friendly to Taiwan and writing joint letters to the secretary-general of the U.N.


President Tsai Ing-wen addressed the significance of Taiwan’s global presence and safety in a prerecorded speech at the Concordia Annual Summit alongside the UNGA, according to the ministry. In addition, Foreign Minister Jauhshieh Joseph Wu wrote an article to convey Taiwan’s hope of being readmitted to the U.N. that was featured in international mainstream media. 

The MOFA further released the short films “To Equality” and “Global Peace with Taiwan,” which together attracted over 31 million views, and an animated short entitled “United—Global Peace with Taiwan” was also shown in New York’s Time Square as part of Taiwan’s appeal.

The ministry called for the U.N. to resist China’s coercion and misinterpretation of Resolution 2758, and to carry out the international body’s goal of leaving no one behind. (POC-E)

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