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Taiwanese Official Questions U.N.’s Legitimacy Over His Country’s Exclusion from Membership

Taiwanese then-Vice President Chen Chien-jen attends an event to campaign for Taiwan to be recognized as a participant in the United Nations and World Health Organization, in Taipei, Taiwan, March 10, 2018. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)
Taiwanese then-Vice President Chen Chien-jen attends an event to campaign for Taiwan to be recognized as a participant in the United Nations and World Health Organization, in Taipei, Taiwan, March 10, 2018. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Taiwan’s de facto consul general questioned the legitimacy of the United Nations, which continues to exclude the island nation at a time when it seeks to address its security concerns and better integrate itself as a vital part of the international community.

“It is disappointing to see the U.N. continue to misinterpret the U.N. Resolution 2758 as a legal basis for justifying its wrongful exclusion of Taiwan’s participation,” Ambassador James Lee, the director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and de facto consul general of Taiwan, told Fox News Digital. “Taiwan passport holders are not allowed to set foot at the U.N. premises simply because [of] their nationality.”

While unveiling a new billboard campaign in New York’s Time Square in time for this week’s United Nations General Assembly, Lee told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview that the campaign is all about highlighting why Taiwan should be given access to the world body. The animated billboards proclaim: “Give Taiwan a voice for global good and global peace.”

“This discriminatory policy contravenes its own principle of leave no one behind, so I would say its legitimacy is also questionable,” he added.

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