Taipei official attends U.S.-organized event at U.N. headquarters

09/24/2019 09:47 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) The head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York attended a religious freedom event organized by the United States that was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York Monday.

In a press statement released Tuesday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Lily Hsu (徐儷文) was invited to attend the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom, which was attended by U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) declined to reveal more details on Hsu's presence at the gathering.

However, a source familiar with the matter said it was the first time the U.S. had held a religious freedom event at U.N. headquarters and that Hsu was invited in her capacity as director- general of TECO in New York.

Hsu's invitation could be interpreted as U.S. support for Taiwan after Taipei recently lost two diplomatic allies -- the Solomon Islands Sept. 16 and Kiribati Sept. 20 -- to Beijing, according to the source.

Taiwan has been facing suppression from Beijing in the international community and as a result, is often barred from major international events.

(By Emerson Lim and Elaine Hou)


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