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Beijing regards Taiwan as a province that awaits forceful reunification if necessary.

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A Beijing official said on Wednesday that Taiwan “has no right to join the United Nations”, urging US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to include the self-governing island as much as possible in UN institutions.

The backlash came after Blinken – in a statement 50 years after the UN General Assembly gave Beijing the seat and ousted Taipei – expressed regret that Taiwan was increasingly excluded on the world stage.

“The United Nations is an international governmental organization made up of sovereign states,” Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told a regular briefing. “Taiwan is part of China.”

Beijing considers Taiwan – where the mainland’s defeated nationalists fled at the end of China’s civil war in 1949 – by force, if necessary, a province awaiting reunification.

Ma said the People’s Republic of China “has the only legal government representing the whole of China”, urging politicians in Taipei to drop the idea of ​​relying on Washington for independence.

On Tuesday, Blinken said “Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a practical one”.

He said that, as the international community is facing many complex and global issues, it is important for all stakeholders to help address the problems – including the 24 million people living in Taiwan.

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