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'Taiwan Independence' Attempt Condemned
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China, in a UN letter made public Wednesday night, strongly condemned an attempt by "very few" countries to request the UN General Assembly to consider the so-called question of "Taiwan's application for United Nations membership."

The letter from Chinese UN Ambassador Wang Guangya to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in response to a letter submitted earlier by the Solomon Islands and a very few other countries to the UN chief. These countries asked the forthcoming session of the General Assembly to consider "Taiwan's application for United Nations Membership."

This is "a blatant attempt to clamor for and create 'Taiwan independence'" and is "absolutely preposterous," Wang said in the letter dated Aug. 17.

It "wantonly tramples on the purposes and principles" of the UN Charter and General Assembly resolution 2758, "seriously violates China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely intervenes in China's internal affairs and seriously hurts the feelings of the 1.3 billion Chinese people," Wang said.

"The Chinese government and people strongly condemn and firmly oppose such an act," Wang continued.

Since 1993, the General Committee of the successive sessions of the General Assembly have all flatly refused to include the so-called issue of "Taiwan's participation in the United Nations" in the agenda of the General Assembly, he said.

This has fully demonstrated the determination of the vast number of UN member states to safeguard the UN Charter and General Assembly resolution 2758, and also shows that the Taiwan authorities will never obtain international support in their attempt to split China by raising the so-called issue of "Taiwan's participation in the United Nations," Wang said.

China values its relations with all UN member states and has never done anything harmful to the interests of the cosponsor countries, but those countries, on the question of Taiwan, have been repeatedly undermining the national interests of China and hurting the feelings of the Chinese people, he said.

Their act has also gravely obstructed the work of the General Assembly and wasted the precious resources of the United Nations and its member states, he said.

"We strongly urge those countries to change their positions, strictly abide by" the UN Charter and General Assembly resolution 2758, and "identify themselves with the great number of member states on the Taiwan question," Wang added.

(Xinhua News Agency August 31, 2007)

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