PARLACEN expels Taiwan in favor of China

SpaceWar.com reports: “A Central American parliamentary body has canceled Taiwan’s permanent observer state status in favor of awarding the position to China, sparking outrage from Taipei and U.S. lawmakers while attracting praise from Beijing.

The Central American Parliament, which goes by the acronym PARLACEN, said in a statement that its plenary on Monday approved China’s ascension via a majority of votes to Observer State of the Body following a request made by Nicaragua to expel Taiwan.

In its explanation, PARLACEN said the government of Nicaragua — which is being led by the widely discredited President Daniel Ortega — argued that Taiwan lacks recognition as a sovereign state before the United Nations and therefore its observer status ‘is illegitimate.’

PARLACEN pointed to the Oct. 25, 1971, U.N. General Assembly vote to admit China and appoint it one of five permanent members of the Security Council.

Taiwan has also sought for years to achieve U.N. membership status — an effort that has been stonewalled by China, which views the self-governing island as a wayward province that it has vowed to take back by force if necessary.

The island has also become a growing source of tension between the United States, which is actively deepening its relations with Taipei, and China, which is seeking to expand its influence in the region and across the globe…”

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