TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is an indispensable global partner and Taiwanese are ready to help, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) wrote in an opinion piece published by Irish newspaper Gript on Sunday (August 29th).
Wu said Taiwanese deserve to have their voices heard in the international community and should be included in efforts to “address challenges for global good”. He stressed that Taiwan is “a beacon of democracy in Asia and a force for good in the world.”
Taiwan has donated humanitarian aid around the world during the pandemic, including masks and medical supplies, Wu said. It has also shipped more than 550 tons of supplies to Ukraine and donated more than 40 million million to Ukrainian refugees since the invasion of Russian forces in February, he added.
The foreign minister said the East Asian nation remained committed to tackling climate change and was aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also said Taiwan plays a vital role in global supply chains given its status as the world’s 22nd largest economy by GDP and a key semiconductor manufacturer.
The nation is “working to safeguard the status quo and uphold the rules-based international order,” he said.
Wu denounced China’s “relentless repression” of Taiwan at the UN by intentionally promoting its misleading interpretation of UNGA Resolution 2758. “Beijing is misleading the world by spreading the error that Taiwan is part of (China),” he said.
“Taiwan and China are separate jurisdictions, neither subordinate to the other,” the foreign minister said, adding that Taiwanese can only be represented in the world by their “free and democratically elected government.” .
The nation will defend its sovereignty and security and show restraint in the face of increased Chinese military actions, Wu said. Taiwan is committed to working with like-minded countries to maintain peace and stability in the region. , did he declare.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs reminded readers that since the theme of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly is “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interrelated challenges”, the organization should include Taiwan when it addresses the difficult challenges facing the global community.
Taiwan is willing and able to be part of the global solutions, Wu said. “The 23.5 million resilient Taiwanese certainly should not be left out of such important global efforts.”