The US will pressure the UN Secretary-General's office to revise its interpretation of Taiwan as part of China, Taiwan's second-most senior diplomat in the US said.
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Huang was speaking at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington at the invitation of the Baltimore-Washington branch of the Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace. It was the first time Huang has spoken to a group of overseas Taiwanese and Chinese since assuming the post of deputy representative in June.
Almost 100 people turned out for the event.
Huang gave a speech titled "the future of Taiwanese-American relations."
Huang said China had launched an all-out assault against Taiwan using international organizations as a battle ground.
China's tactics are why Taiwan must apply to enter the UN again this year.
Huang said that UN Resolution 2758 only replaced Chiang Kai-shek's (蔣介石) Republic of China government with the Beijing government as the representative of China, but did not address the issue of Taiwan's status at all. The UN Secretary-General has simply said that Taiwan is part of China on no basis, he said.
"[If] all China needs to do is use 2758 to claim Taiwan, all arguments are moot," Huang said.
The WHO considers Taiwan a "non-sovereign regional member" because of pressure from China, which has also used its clout as the world's biggest cotton-producing country to demand international cotton trade organizations expel Taiwan as a precondition for including Beijing.
Taiwan needs to show the world that it is independent, Huang said. If Taiwan does not, this will amount to a passive admission to China's claims, Huang said.