What is it with the world? Seriously. We treat democracies and free societies like dirt and we treat dirt, deppots, Islamic theocracies, and dictatorships like democracies and free societies.
Clearly Ban is wrong, Taiwan is NOT part of China. Bit more importantly, he can't do that. He can't make this declarative statements as if he were the king of the world. Just sayin.
As for the US? We treat our allies like dogmeat. We have lost our will to stand up for America and her partners.
(CNSNews.com) - As Taiwan pursues its campaign for recognition in the international community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has come under fire for stating that a 1971 U.N. resolution says Taiwan is a part of China.
General Assembly resolution 2758 gave the U.N.'s "China" seat -- held up to that point by the nationalist Republic of China (ROC) government located in Taipei, Taiwan -- to the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) government in Beijing. The resolution did not pass judgment on the status of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a rebel province.
Thirty-six years after losing its seat, the Taiwanese government last month submitted an application to join the U.N. under the name "Taiwan," having failed on 14 previous occasions when applying under the name "ROC."
Give 'em a seat!
(Applying as the "ROC," Taipei officials said, recalled an earlier era when the nationalist Chinese in Taiwan claimed all of China; now, the application is being made on behalf of a self-governing democracy of 23 million people, altogether independent of China.)
Nonetheless, the U.N. Secretariat rejected the latest application, and in an explanation of the decision, Ban cited resolution 2758.
The resolution, he said, stipulated that "the government of China is the sole and legitimate government and the position of the United Nations is that Taiwan is part of China."
But Ban got it wrong, experts pointed out. While the resolution recognized the PRC as the only legitimate representative of China at the U.N., it "said nothing at all about Taiwan being part of China," noted American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Gary Schmitt in an article posted Monday.
UPDATE: Excellent letter to Editor of the NY from reader Aaron who refers to Taiwan as "Israel to the East." Damn right;
Taiwan Appeals to Communists In Its Bid for a Seat at the U.N.'
President Chen is correct that Taiwan is an "independent sovereign nation," which is true regardless if the members of the United Nations recognize it [Foreign, "Taiwan Appeals to Communists in Its Bid for Seat at the U.N.," August 2, 2007].
Rather than continuing her quest to join the Communists, Stalinists, dictators, and members that acquiesce in their thuggery, Taiwan should celebrate the fact that she has achieved more liberty and prosperity on her own than all of the U.N. pet project states have put together.
The more the U.N. isolates and ridicules a country, the better off that country becomes. Just look at Israel, and America for that matter. America shouldn't support Taiwan's membership. We should join with our friends and walk out the door.
New York, N.Y.