Mon, Sep 24, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Taiwanese-Americans stage event in bid to obtain national UN membership

GLOBAL INFLUENCE:Expatriates in the US have sought to highlight Taiwan’s isolation, saying that it is time to return to the international body after more than 30 years

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer

“I believe that the nation should be above the party and that is why I think we need UN membership because we need a clear symbol under which we can rally and then put the vicious in-fighting behind us,” Chuang said.

Meanwhile, FAPA public affairs official Ray Hsieh — who works at the UN — said: “Though many second-generation Taiwanese-Americans express disinterest in Taiwanese politics, their love for Taiwan is quite genuine.”

Lai Hong-tien (賴宏典), a dentist in Manhattan and general convener for the UN for Taiwan Committee, was quoted by NBC as saying: “We aren’t naive” about the issue, adding that if Taiwan were to really entertain the thoughts of joining the UN, Taiwanese have to understand that China would take steps to prevent and deter Taiwan from achieving its goal, which could even involve resorting to military means.

All we can do now is let the world continue to know that we want to join the UN and wait for the right time, Lai said.

“Even if both sides of the [Taiwan] Strait are finally united, we would accept that result, so long as it is under the free will of the Taiwanese people and it is what they have chosen for themselves,” Lai said.

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