U.N. without Taiwan is cheating the world: U.S. diplomat

09/30/2020 04:14 PM
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America's U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft. From twitter.com/USAmbUN

New York, Sept. 29 (CNA) The United States ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday expressed support for Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations system, saying that it is "cheating the world" not to have Taiwan participating in U.N. activities.

Speaking at a Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) event jointly organized by Taiwan, the U.S. and Japan on Tuesday, America's U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft praised Taiwan as "a force for good for the world."

"The world needs Taiwan's full participation in the United Nations system, particularly with respect to matters that affect public health and economic development. A United Nations without Taiwan's full participation is cheating the world," Craft said by video conference.

She criticized China for making every effort to suppress Taiwan's international profile, as the communist regime is "fearful of a free and open society."

"This became abundantly clear with the coronavirus, a life and death matter....We all need Taiwan's expertise and experience," she said.

Craft made the comments during a GCTF event on advancing international development through public-private partnerships.

The GCTF is an initiative launched by Taiwan and the U.S. in June 2015 to bring Taiwan's expertise and leadership to the global stage. Japan later joined the platform as a "full partner" in 2019.

In her address, Kelly also said Taiwan has a "trusted friend" in President Donald Trump and his administration that "champions the international role that Taiwan holds," which is why the Trump administration is partnering with Taiwan and Japan on the GCTF.

"Taiwan deserves the highest platform where it can share its remarkable innovation and expertise in data science, in medical technology, and in cutting-edge communications."

Craft and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations have previously expressed similar views in supporting Taiwan's U.N. participation in a tweet in May.

The tweet said the 193-member global organization was founded to serve "all voices," welcome "a diversity of views and perspectives," and promote human rights.

It said "Barring Taiwan from setting foot on UN grounds is an affront not just to the proud Taiwanese people, but to UN principles."

Taiwan left the U.N. in 1971 when China took its place, and has since been excluded from its special agencies.

Prior to her address Tuesday, Craft had lunch with Taiwan's top envoy to New York James Lee (李光章) on Sept. 16.

Craft later told the Associated Press that her "historic" lunch with Lee at an outdoor restaurant on Manhattan's East Side was the first meeting between a top Taiwan official and a U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

"I'm looking to do the right thing by my president, and I feel that he has sought to strengthen and deepen this bilateral relationship with Taiwan and I want to continue that on behalf of the administration," she told the Associated Press.

(By Ozzy Yin and Joseph Yeh)

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