U.S. official pledges continued support for Taiwan amid China's deterrence

07/24/2021 02:44 PM
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Washington, July 23 (CNA) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Naz Durakoğlu on Friday said the United States will continue to express support for Taiwan as China seeks to deter the island's international standing.

Her statement was made in response to a July 14 letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which U.S. congressmen Scott Perry and Tom Tiffany urged the State Department to be wary of Chinese meddling in Haiti following the recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

In their letter, the two House representatives highlighted the importance of the Caribbean nation's ties to Taiwan, which is one of its 15 remaining diplomatic allies.

"The United States will continue to express support for Taiwan publicly, collaborate with Taiwan on initiatives that demonstrate the value it brings to the international community, and encourage like-minded countries' engagement with and public demonstrations of support for Taiwan," Durakoğlu responded on Friday.

She also said the State Department was fully aware that China "seeks to abridge Taiwan's international space and reduce its international standing."

Durakoğlu went on to mention the current development in Haiti and that the U.S. has deployed an interagency delegation to the Caribbean nation to assist in the investigation of the heinous assassination of President Moïse.

Moïse was killed on July 7 by a group of gunmen at his private residence in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. His wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, also sustained injuries during the attack and was subsequently flown to Miami for treatment.

After her recovery, she returned to Haiti last week to attend her husband's funeral on Friday.

"The United States stands with the Haitian people at this difficult time, as they strive to build a safer, more democratic future," Durakoğlu said.

Haiti is one of Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies. The two countries celebrated the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations in April. The late Haitian president last visited Taiwan in 2018 for a 5-day state visit.

(By Stacy Hsu and Ko Lin)

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