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DPP slams Chinese UN paper claiming Taiwan

By Chen Hui-ping, Tsao Po-yen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday condemned an article China delivered to the UN and all its members as infringing on Taiwan’s sovereignty and called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lodge a complaint against China for veering away from the “status quo” and going against the free will of Taiwanese.

The DPP said that the appended document “Declaration on China’s Territorial Sea” in the “HYSY 981 Drilling Rig: Vietnam’s Provocation and China’s Position” article delivered to all UN members infringed on Taiwan’s sovereign status.

The appended document was declared in 1958, claiming the maritime area within 12 nautical miles of China (22km) as its territorial waters, which applied to Penghu and Taiwan proper.

“The Taiwan and Penghu areas are still occupied by the United States by armed forces... The government of the People’s Republic of China has the right to recover these areas by all suitable means at a suitable time. This is China’s internal affair, in which no foreign interference is tolerated,” it said.

However, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was not recognized by the UN in 1958, as UN Resolution No. 2758 was not passed until 1971.

The Vietnamese government had voiced complaints about Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 being positioned within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone since May 1.

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Min (王民) told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday last week that China wished for the article to be considered an official document of the UN.

DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝潁) yesterday said the DPP’s stance on the cross-strait situation is that “the future of Taiwan has to be decided by the 23 million citizens of Taiwan,” adding that China’s actions have gone against the free will of Taiwanese.

“We call on the ministry to voice a strong protest against China’s inclusion of the appended document and make a clear point to the international community regarding the sovereign status of Taiwan,” Huang said.

DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said China was attempting to legalize its claim to Taiwan through the UN.

The DPP said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the ministry must make a strongly worded declaration urging the UN not to accept such documents and stress the Republic of China’s resolve to oppose the document.

Ministry spokesperson Kao An (高安) last night said that Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu were returned to the Republic of China (ROC) after 1945 and it is clear the ROC has sovereignty over the islands. The government dismissed the PRC’s claims that Taiwan belonged to the PRC in 1958, and this stance has not changed, Kao said.

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