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Embassy Spokesperson's Op-ed on One-China Principle

       Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Israel recently wrote an op-ed to the Jerusalem Post on One-China policy and rebutted the egregious propaganda that the UN should “open its doors to Taiwan”. The Jerusalem Post published the op-ed on 2 October 2018. The following is the full text:

       Recently, there are some propaganda purporting that United Nations should “open its doors to Taiwan”, which is filled with the ignorance of history and the distortion of facts. The Embassy finds it’s necessary to make some justifications and to set the record straight.

       When we talk about the Taiwan issue, there is one essential prerequisite—One-China Principle. To be specific, the principle emphasizes that there is only one China in the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is the only legitimate government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.

       One-China principle is the foundation stone for China's Taiwan policy, and a binding commitment of all countries that have diplomatic ties with China, including Israel. It is based on One-China principle that countries around the globe maintain and develop friendship and cooperation with China.

       Over the years, One-China principle has been followed by almost every country in the world and has been established as a basic norm of international relations. Recently, a group of remaining countries have successively severed their “diplomatic ties" with Taiwan and normalized relations with China. The phenomenon fully testified that One-China principle is a shared aspiration of the international community and an irresistible trend of the times.

       Regarding Taiwan’s participation in the UN and other international organizations,One-China principle is also the essential foundation.

       In October 1971, the 26th session of the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution No. 2758. It announced in the clear and definite language that “the representative of the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal representative of China in the United Nations [...], and recognize the representatives of the PRC government as the sole legal representatives of China in the United Nations Organization”. From then on, China's representation in the United Nations has been thoroughly resolved politically and legally, in a manner strictly adhering to the UN procedures.

       However, considering the needs of Taiwan compatriots and their welfare, the Chinese government, on the basis of the One-China principle, has made arrangements for Taiwan's participation in some international organizations that accept regional membership in a case by case manner, according to the nature, regulations and actual conditions of these organizations.

       As a region of China, Taiwan is participating in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), under the names ''Taipei, China" or "Chinese Taipei." Similarly, the World Trade Organization (WTO), based on the agreement with China and on the principle of one China, allows Taiwan to participate as “a separate Taiwan-Penghu-Jinmen-Mazu tariff zone” (abbreviated as “Chinese Taipei”). But it must be pointed out that these are ad hoc arrangements and do constitute a model applicable to other inter-governmental international organizations or international gatherings for sovereign states.

       With the aforementioned facts, no one could deny that there is broad economic and cultural space for Taiwan as long as one-China principle is upheld. The issue of “Taiwan’s international space” or “Taiwan’s participation in the UN” is but distorted and misleading propaganda by some political figures. Their intention is nothing but to create a false impression of "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan", and separate Taiwan from the motherland. The Chinese government, like all other governments, have zero tolerance for such separatist moves.

       China and Israel have a good tradition of understanding each other’s national interests. One-China principle is also an important part in the Joint Communiqué establishing the China-Israel diplomatic relations. The Taiwan issue is a core concern for China on its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and has significant influence on the sentiments of the Chinese people. We hope this article could help our friends in Israel to have a better understanding of the Taiwan issue.

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