Taiwan, or the Republic of China had served as the sole representative of “China” since the founding of the United Nations in 1945. They were finally expelled in favor of growing international support for the mainland, or the People’s Republic of China, on October 25, 1971. Though communism was an early contributing factor as to why the PRC was not given a seat at the U.N. by other prominent countries, China gradually won over Western leaders
by not being the Soviet Union.
Though this photo was taken in 2005 – back when Taipei‘s main airport was still called Chiang Kai-Shek International, (named for the strongman generalissimo of Taiwan who fought against Mao Zedong), I’m guessing this issue could be raised again under Taiwan’s current “we’re already independent” president, 蔡英文.
Regardless of your opinion of the effectiveness of the UN, it’s a rather unique advertisement, no?