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Cambodia Reasserts One-China Position

Cambodia will adhere to its one-China policy, continuing to oppose any move by Taiwan for independence or UN recognition, foreign affairs officials said Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong said in a statement that Cambodia's UN ambassador should seek to oppose Taiwan's moves for recognition, following a meeting between the minister and Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jinfeng.

The UN Monday denied a Taiwanese request for recognition, maintaining that Beijing is the only representative of China.

Cambodia will also raise the issue at the next meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Hor Namhong said, as Taiwan's continued insistence to be independent of China destabilizes the region.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province, and Cambodia supports the Chinese position. China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

A 1971 resolution recognizing Beijing over Taipei prevents Taiwan's membership into the world body, the UN office of legal affairs said, according to the Associated Press.

President Chen Shui Bian has vowed to continue to push for UN recognition.