October 4~10, 2010
PCT joins others in bid for Taiwan’s entry to the U.N.
Reported by Sam Lee
Written by Lydia Ma
Joined by Taiwanese organizations such as Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan and Taiwan United Nations Alliance, PCT Church and Society Committee took part in a “Taiwan for U.N. Tour” from September 17~25, 2010, which included stops in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
A rally was held outside of the U.N. Headquarters in New York, at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on September 18th, and it was followed by a meeting between delegates from these organizations and Taiwanese people living in the U.S. Attendees discussed in detail their views and prospects of Taiwan’s bid to enter the U.N.
Delegates from Taiwan also visited Formosa Association for Public Affairs on September 19th, where they took part in a prayer meeting for justice and peace in Taiwan, U.S., and the world. Another prayer meeting was held on September 23rd, in San Francisco at a local PCT church.
PCT leaders all agreed that Taiwan still had a long way to go before gaining entrance into the U.N. However, they were unfazed and planned to continue lobbying – especially because next year will mark the 40th anniversary since Taiwan was expelled from the U.N. and also the 40th anniversary of PCT’s “Statement on our National Fate”.
PCT plans to hold “Taiwan for U.N.” rallies, forums, church services, and other events with other organizations next year to promote this idea and tell the world that Taiwan wants to become a full-fledged member of the international community.
In preparation for next year’s Double Tenth National Day celebrations, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China, the Ma administration has already begun making preparations, including asking churches to hold song-writing contests featuring patriotic pop songs.
To this, Huang reiterated, “Next year, 2011, will be the 40th anniversary of PCT’s “Statement on our National Fate” and it’ll also be 40 years since Taiwan lost its seat in the U.N.!” He rebuked President Ma Ying-jeou for neglecting diplomacy and the importance of securing a place for Taiwan in the international arena.