Seminar Entitled "Reviewing Historical Moments, Upholding Equity and Justice - the Significance of A/RES/2758(XXVI)" successfully held
On November 18, United Nations Association of China (UNA-China) and Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) successfully co-hosted a virtual seminar entitled “Reviewing Historical Moments, Upholding Equity and Justice -- the Significance of A/RES/2758(XXVI) ”.
Mr. WANG Chao, President of UNA-China and CPIFA addressed the opening session. Former President of Guyana Mr. Donald Ramotar, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Mr. Munir Akram, Former Foreign Minister of Chile Mr. Heraldo Munoz, Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt Mr. Aly El-Hefny Mahmoud, Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Romania and Deputy Head of the Romanian Delegation to the 26th UN General Assembly Mr. Nicolae Ecobescu, Senior Advisor of World Bank and Visiting Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge Mr. Thant Myint-U, Associate Professor of Lomonsov Moscow State University Mr. Zaitsev Evgenii, President of China Public Diplomacy Association and Former Permanent Representative of China to the UN Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland Amb. WU Hailong, Former Ambassador to Indonesia and Former Ambassador to U.N. Office & other International Organizations in Vienna Amb. Chen Shiqiu, Deputy Director of the Department of Taiwan Politics, Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Mr. Zhang Hua, Associate Professor of China Foreign Affairs University Mr. Niu Zhongjun, Assistant Professor of Law, Renmin University of China Mr. Liu Yang, attended the seminar and delivered keynote speeches. Vice President and Director-General of UNA-China Ms. HU Wenli chaired the seminar and made concluding remarks.
President WANG Chao said in 1971, the 26th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758 by an overwhelming majority, decided to restore all the rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations, recognized that the representatives of its Government as the only legitimate representatives of China in the United Nations. The issue of China’s representation in the UN has been thoroughly resolved politically, legally and procedurally. It is a milestone. This is the victory of new China's diplomacy, the victory of world justice, and the victory of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, which strengthened the force for world peace and development unprecedentedly. Recently, in disregard of the fact and legal principle that Taiwan is a part of China, individual country and the Democratic Progressive Party authorities in Taiwan have deliberately distorted Resolution 2758 and advocated that "Taiwan's meaningful participation in the United Nations system", which is essentially making "One China, one Taiwan" in the world. It is a flagrant challenge to the One-China principle and a violation of international law and the norms of international relations. The Chinese government and people are firmly opposed to this. The One-China principle is the norm of international relations recognized by Resolution 2758，the political basis for China to develop bilateral relations with other countries and the anchor of cross-straits relations. It is unchallengeable and cannot be distorted. There is only one system in the world, that is, the international system with the United Nations at its core. There is only one set of rules, that is, the basic norms of international relations based on the the United Nations Charter. International rules can only be formulated by 193 member states of the United Nations, not by individual countries and groups of countries. International rules should be observed by the 193 member states of the United Nations, with no exceptions.
The participants said that Resolution 2758 provides a legal basis for the United Nations system and its agencies to properly deal with Taiwan related issues, which reflects the authority of international law and has become a basic norm in international relations that all United Nations member states should abide by. Resolution 2758 confirms that the Government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China in the world, and the so-called "Taiwan representation" issue has been resolved. Therefore, this resolution is also an important legal document for safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, there is no legal space for "Taiwan independence". Resolution 2758 reflects the common will of the international community, and any distortion and misinterpretation is unacceptable.
In its legal opinions on Taiwan-related issues, the Department of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat made it clear that, according to General Assembly Resolution 2758, "The United Nations considers that Taiwan has no independent status as a province of China" and that "the Taiwan authorities do not enjoy any form of governmental status". "Taiwan, Province of China" should be used as the address of Taiwan in secretariat documents. It can be seen that the representation of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations and the political status of Taiwan are clearly stated in Resolution 2758.
After the adoption of Resolution 2758, practice over the years has fully showed that the United Nations and the vast majority of its member states recognize that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. Taiwan's participation in the activities of international organizations must be handled in accordance with the One-China principle. The United Nations system, specialized agencies and the United Nations Secretariat should abide by the One- China principle and Resolution 2758 in dealing with all matters related to Taiwan. All member states of the United Nations should abide by the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and Resolution 2758, follow the norms governing international relations such as mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and refrain from supporting Taiwan's membership in the United Nations or other international organizations in which only sovereign states can participate.
Some people misinterpret Resolution 2758 and deliberately provoke the problem that has long been completely solved by the international community, which is an out and out political manipulation. The One- China principle is an universally recognized norm governing international relations and a common international consensus. Any violation of the spirit of Resolution 2758 is going against the tide of history and bound to fail.