- - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kudos for writing and presenting a thoughtful and reasoned editorial that calls on President Trump to support Taiwan joining the U.N. (“Advancing Taiwan’s status at the U.N.,” Web, Sept. 16).

The U.N. should take immediate action to resolve its inappropriate exclusion of Taiwan’s 23 million people from the U.N. system. Second, the U.N. should ensure that Taiwan has the right to participate in an equal and dignified manner in meetings, mechanisms and activities related to the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, and thus make contributions.

Taiwan belongs only to the people living there. Neglecting this population is a gross violation of the universality of membership principles that the United Nations upholds. Taiwan’s people deserve better than this. Taiwan’s strong position in the world is underpinned by its thriving democracy, its economic prowess and its attractive social values. It’s time for Taiwan to be allowed to join the United Nations system.


Advisory commissioner

Overseas Community Affairs Council of Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States


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