WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 (XXVI), recognizing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the United Nations and expelling the representatives of Chiang Kai-Shek.
“Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758—a decision that has profoundly impacted on our global system today. Although the resolution did not take a position on the representation of Taiwan or its people, in recent years Beijing has increasingly used a manipulated interpretation of the resolution to ostracize the people of Taiwan—and their potential contributions—from the international system. Nonetheless, Taiwan has found ways to generously support the international community. From public health to countering organized crime and promoting civilian aircraft safety, the people of Taiwan have continued to share their knowledge and resources with partner countries and sought to do so through forums of global cooperation.
Beijing’s attempts to manipulate interpretations of UN documents such as UNGA Resolution 2758 (XXVI) to impose the PRC’s “One-China Principle” on the UN system and other UN Member States have denied the global community the full benefit of Taiwan’s knowledge and resources. We oppose any ahistorical reinterpretations of UNGA Resolution 2758 (XXVI) that isolate Taiwan or impose Beijing’s views on other countries.
The people of Taiwan are a force for good in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. I look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with Taiwan and to bolster Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations.”
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