Washington, Sept. 5 (CNA) U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stopped calling Taiwan "part of
the People's Republic of China" since the United States recently
corrected his statement, diplomatic sources in Washington, D.C. said
Concerned about Ban's misinterpretation
of U.N. Resolution 2758, which recognizes the PRC as the sole
representative of China in the world body, the U.S. State Department
recently wrote a letter to Ban saying that it considers his
statement to be a "mistake," the sources said.
As a result, Ban did not repeat the
statement when he returned last month President Chen Shui-bian's
second letter in which he was urged to deal with Taiwan's U.N.
membership application according to due procedures, the sources
Meanwhile, China, which had reportedly
planned to press the United Nations to confirm Beijing's claim that
"Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China" during the
upcoming regular session of the U.N. General Assembly, dropped the
idea after the United States clarified its stance on the issue, the
President Chen first sent a membership
application letter to Ban July 19, but the letter was returned July
23 based on Resolution 2758, which U.N. officials said is the basis
of the "one China" policy of the United Nations.
Asked about the issue during his trip to
San Francisco July 27, Ban said that membership is only granted to
"sovereign countries" and that "the position of the United Nations
is that Taiwan is part of China."
Chen sent a second letter to Ban July 31
urging him to reconsider his decision. The letter was also returned,
without any statement by the U.N. secretary-general.
Openly clarifying the U.S. position on
the issue, Dennis Wilder, senior director for Asian affairs of the
White House National Security Council, said last week that "Taiwan,
or the Republic of China, is not at this point a state in the
international community" and that the position of the U.S.
government is that the status of the ROC "is an issue undecided."
According to the Washington-based Nelson
Report, Wilder's remarks reflect the longstanding policy of the
United States, but American officials usually do not make such
public statements on the issue.
(By Chiehyu Lin and Y.F. Low)