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The United States and China are arguing over Taiwan’s role in the UN

Et is a question that may embarrass any senior UN official: What is your view on Taiwan’s involvement? Last year, Canadian Bruce Aylward, an adviser to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, had to answer this question in an interview. At first he said he didn’t listen to her. Then disconnected. Hong Kong TV Station RTHK continued to call Ailward. To another Taiwanese question, he replied: “We have already talked about China.” The episode shows how great China’s influence is at the United Nations. Especially with regard to Taiwan’s participation, the country has been struggling with different strategies since 1971.

Friedrich Bose

Political correspondent for China, North Korea and Mongolia.

Majid Sattar

Washington-based North American political correspondent.

Last week, US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen issued a statement questioning Taiwan’s participation in the UN. Formally, Beijing took over the Chinese UN headquarters that Taipei had until 50 years ago. Blinken made it clear: Taiwan is a “democratic success story” that reflects the values ​​of the United Nations in terms of transparency, human rights and the rule of law. Considering the unprecedented complex problems facing the international community, the assistance of all actors is needed. This is not a political question, but a practical question.