Taiwan has decided this year not launch a campaign to be admitted to the United Nations and its agencies during the organization's upcoming General Assembly, the island's deputy foreign minister announced Wednesday.
Ahead of the UN General Assembly, which will begin on Sept. 25, Taiwanhas chosen instead to ask the UN not to exclude its 23.5 million inhabitants (without mentioning the State), not to block the participation of Taiwanese citizens and journalists in the events and to include the island in its Sustainable Development Goals.
At a press conference, Hsieh Wu-chiao said the island hoped to remind the world once again that Taiwan had much to contribute to the region and the world.
The decision is a departure from Taiwan's strategy in 2017, as well as those it adopted between 1991-2007, to be admitted to the UN and other organizations including the World Health Organization, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
In 2017, Taiwan restarted its campaign of mobilizing its allies to support its participation in the UN, from which it was expelled in Oct. 1971 after China's re-entry into the organization.
Last year, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen resumed the campaign which was launched in 1991 but was halted in 2008 by then President Ma Ying-jeou when he declared a diplomatic truce with China as part of his goodwill gestures towards Beijing.
The campaign usually escalates tensions with China, which sees the island nation as a breakaway province, and insists that nations do not recognize it if they want to maintain diplomatic relations with Beijing.
Taiwan has just 17 diplomatic allies left after five countries - El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso and Sao Tome and Principe - switched ties from Taiwan to China in the past year.