US ambassador to UN and Taiwan’s president meet virtually

US ambassador to UN and Taiwan’s president meet virtually

U.S.
Ambassador
to
the
United
Nations
Kelly
Craft
has
met
virtually
with
Taiwan’s
president
after
her
trip
was
canceled

UNITED
NATIONS

Her
trip
canceled
in
the
final
days
of
the
Trump
administration,
U.S.
Ambassador
to
the
United
Nations
Kelly
Craft
instead
met
virtually
Wednesday
night
with
Taiwan’s
President
Tsai
Ing-wen
and
told
her:
“The
United
States
will
always
stand
with
Taiwan.”

And
though
she’ll
leave
office
with
the
president
next
week,
Craft
said
she
still
hopes
to
visit
the
self-ruled
island
soon,
calling
Taiwan
“a
beacon
and
a
lodestar”
for
its
science,
technology
and
democracy.

The
announcement
last
week
that
Craft
would
visit
Taiwan
sparked
sharp
criticism
from
China’s
government,
which
considers
Taiwan
a
renegade
province
and
has
stepped
up
threats
to
bring
the
island
under
its
control.

China
quickly
condemned
the
virtual
meeting,
saying,
“The
United
States
should
understand
that
the
attempt
to
challenge
the
one-China
principle
receives
no
support
and
is
doomed
to
fail,”
in
a
statement
from
a
spokesman
for
China’s
Mission
to
the
U.N.
on
Twitter.

Donald
Trump,
largely
due
to
strong
bipartisan
support
in
Congress,
but
also
because
the
administration
has
been
willing
to
defy
Beijing’s
threats
and
promote
Taiwan
as
an
alternative
to
Chinese
Communist
Party
authoritarianism.

Joe
Biden’s
administration.

Tsai
thanked
Craft
at
the
opening
of
the
virtual
meeting,
which
The
Associated
Press
witnessed,
“for
the
staunch
support
for
Taiwan’s
international
participation
and
for
your
efforts
to
deepening
of
the
Taiwan-U.S.
relationship
and

for
always
speaking
up
for
Taiwan
at
the
most
important
times.”

“The
people
of
Taiwan
have
been
inspired
by
your
action,”
Tsai
said.
“Moving
forward,
we
will
keep
pushing
for
our
participation
in
the
United
Nations,
and
U.N.
affiliated
meetings
and
events,
and
I
hope
that
the
United
States
will
continue
to
support
our
efforts.”

Taiwan
left
the
United
Nations
in
1971
when
China
joined,
and
Beijing
has
been
using
its
diplomatic
clout
to
stop
Taiwan
from
joining
any
organizations
that
require
statehood
for
membership.

Craft
called
Taiwan
“an
inspiration
for
the
world,”
saying
quite
a
number
of
U.N.
member
states

which
she
didn’t
name

“should
look
at
Taiwan,
not
for
opportunities
to
exclude
it,
but
for
reasons
to
aspire
to
it.”

“In
any
context,
by
the
standards
of
the
free
world,
Taiwan
is
a
model
for
democracy,
equality
for
women,
innovation
and
scientific
exploration,
a
staunch
defender
of
human
rights,”
she
said.

“The
United
States
stands
shoulder-to-shoulder
with
Taiwan
as
pillars
of
democracy,”
Craft
added.

Tsai
said
she
was
looking
for
Craft’s
advice
on
how
to
move
forward
on
U.S.-Taiwan
relations.

Craft
told
Tsai
she
had
taught
her
the
importance
to
“never
mistake
the
present
for
the
determination
of
the
future.”

———

Associated
Press
writer
Huizhong
Wu
contributed
to
this
report
from
Taipei,
Taiwan.

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