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Taiwan president meets with envoys to U.N. during New York stopover

2019/07/12 11:30:53

President Tsai Ing-wen meets with several representatives to the United Nations in New York.

New York, July 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with several representatives to the United Nations on Thursday in New York, where she is making a two-day stopover en route to the Caribbean.

In a speech at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York, Tsai addressed the representatives to the U.N. from countries that are Taiwan's allies, saying she hoped the allies would continue to support Taiwan's efforts to gain access to the U.N.

"The 23 million people in Taiwan have the right to participate in international affairs," Tsai said. "Their participation should not be prevented based on political interference."

"Taiwan will not give in to intimidation," she said, referring to China's efforts to suppress Taiwan, which it sees as part of its territory.

Tsai said Taiwan's allies are crucial to its pathway into the world.

"Your efforts amplify the voice of the Taiwanese people, letting the whole world hear our desires," Tsai said at the first open event at TECO New York hosted by a sitting president of Taiwan.

Tsai arrived in New York earlier in the day for a two-night stayover on her way to Caribbean, where she will make a 12-day state visit to four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)