Taiwan's foreign ministry says the United Nations has rejected its latest request to join the global body.
The ministry says a U.N. General Assembly committee will not forward Taiwan's bid to join 16 specialized agencies to the full assembly.
This is the 16th time Taiwan's bid to take part in the U.N. and its activities has been turned down. The island had sought full membership in its previous requests.
Taiwan lost its seat at the world body to China in 1971. The island split with the mainland in 1949 after a civil war, and Beijing has been blocking Taipei's efforts to take part in the U.N. The mainland considers Taiwan a renegade territory.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pursuing better diplomatic relations with China since taking office earlier this year.