UN rejects Taiwan participation

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry says the United Nations has rejected the island's proposal to participate in the world body.

Thursday's statement says Taiwan's bid to join U.N. groups like the World Health Organization was spiked after China voiced its disapproval in the General Assembly.

China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes anything that would give the island trappings of sovereignty. That includes participation in major international organizations.

Beijing has effectively blocked past Taiwanese bids to become an U.N. member. Despite the decision of the new Taiwanese government to opt this year for the more modest goal of participation in U.N. agencies, China's objections have remained in place.