St. Vincent and the Grenadines has once again spoken up for its Asian ally, the Republic of China (Taiwan), at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, calling for Taiwan to be included as a member of the U.N. family.

In his speech yesterday at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves questioned the reason for Taiwan’s exclusion from world affairs.

He noted that the UN which justly counts among its member states some with populations as small as 10,000 people somehow continues to remain blind to the 23 million residents of Taiwan.

The Prime Minister said there is simply no principled basis to deny Taiwan the right to participate in the work of the specialized agencies of the UN.

Dr. Gonsalves told the UN Assembly that St. Vincent’s pragmatism allows it to see the world as it is, unencumbered by historical or ideological blinders.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) previously held a seat at the U.N. until October 25, 1971 when the United Nations General Assembly voted to admit the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) and to expel Taiwan.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines established diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1981.

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