Wednesday, 30 September 2020 | 14:38 WIB

Taiwan Invites UN and Other Countries to Tackle Covid-19 Pandemic Together

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (ROC-Taiwan) Jaushieh Joseph Wu (teto)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - This year marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations (UN). This year's UN General Assembly will also be held on 15 September.

In response to this, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (ROC-Taiwan) Jaushieh Joseph Wu specifically wrote an article calling on Indonesia and other countries to support Taiwan's participation in UN conferences, mechanisms and activities. The reason is that Taiwan's extraordinary success in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic shows that Taiwan's participation in the United Nations can contribute to human welfare.

Minister Wu said that Covid-19 has brought about a global public health crisis this year, and the international community needs to make more concerted efforts than ever before to build a better and more sustainable future that the United Nations and its member states aspire to. He said Taiwan was ready, willing, and able to participate in this joint effort.

Minister Wu said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan was less than 500, and deaths were only in the single digits, and the outcome of the handling of the pandemic was extraordinary. All of this is mainly due to the various precautions taken by Taiwan in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Taiwan also provides medical equipment and materials to other countries in dire need.

As of the end of June this year, Taiwan has donated 51 million medical masks, 1.16 million N95 masks, 600,000 isolation gowns, 35,000 forehead thermometers and various other medical equipment to more than 80 countries, including Indonesia. Taiwan is also working with democratic countries that have the same idea to develop rapid test kits, drugs and vaccines for Covid-19.

"The declaration to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, governments and heads of state agree that only global solidarity can effectively end the pandemic. Therefore, the UN must be more inclusive and should not neglect any country including Taiwan and anyone else. But in reality, Taiwan is continuously being excluded from the UN organizational system," said Minister Wu on Monday (09/07/2020).

Minister Wu also said the ROC continued to pressure the United Nations to mistakenly use Resolution 2758 adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1971 as a legal basis for blocking Taiwan's participation in the United Nations. In fact, the resolution does not address the issue of Taiwan's representation at the United Nations, nor does it mention that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China.

Minister Wu insisted that Taiwan was never part of the ROC. The president and members of the Taiwan congress are directly elected by the Taiwanese people, which is completely different from the undemocratic China. The United Nations must recognize that only the government elected through democratic procedures in Taiwan can represent the 23.5 million people of Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China does not have the right to speak on Taiwan's behalf.

Minister Wu said preventing Taiwan from participating in the United Nations was a loss for the international community, and would hinder the efforts of UN member states to restore normal life after the pandemic as well as efforts to implement the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".

If Taiwan can participate in activities, meetings and mechanisms related to the United Nations, Taiwan will be able to make more contributions to the world.

"The opening of the UN Charter clearly states that we, the people of the United Nations, are here to reaffirm our belief in human rights and equal rights between men and women, and all nations, large and small," he said.

According to him, the ideals of safeguarding human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all people as stated in the charter should not be empty words. While the United Nations is on the lookout for the next 75 years, it is not too late to welcome Taiwan's participation.

 

- Jaushieh Joseph Wu

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (ROC-Taiwan)