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Saturday, July 23, 2011

UN rejected Taiwan membership bid
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On July 23, 2007, the UN Office of Legal Affairs rejected Taiwan's fifteenth bid for member state status, reiterating the One-China Policy and recognizing the People's Republic of China (PRC) as the legitimate government of China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao characterized Taiwan's effort to join the UN as a "separatist act of the 'Taiwan Independence' secessionist forces," and pointed to the UN Charter's requirement that only sovereign states can apply for UN member status. Taiwan, which officially refers to itself as the Republic of China (ROC), lost its seat in the UN in 1971 by General Assembly Resolution 2758 and replaced by the PRC as the representative of China.

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