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US to pressure UN, official says

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

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.

David Huang (黃偉峰), Taiwan's deputy representative to the US, told an audience of overseas Taiwanese and Chinese on Saturday that the US had protested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's interpretation claim that of UN resolution 2758 identified Taiwan as a part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Huang said that the Secretary-General's office must issue a correction on this matter to avoid further confusion, adding that Washington had pledged to continue pressuring the office until it issued a correction.

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.

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