U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft held a video conference with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, in which she reinforced support for the democracy, despite the opposition of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“A great privilege to speak today w/President Tsai @iingwen,” said Craft about the exchange, through a series of tweets, published on Jan. 13.
She added, “We discussed the many ways Taiwan is a model for the world, as demonstrated by its success in fighting COVID-19 [the CCP Virus] and all that Taiwan has to offer in the fields of health, technology & cutting-edge science.”
She also said, “Unfortunately, Taiwan is unable to share those successes in @UN venues, including the World Health Assembly, as a result of PRC obstruction.”
At the heart of the strategy used by the Taiwanese government to avoid the disasters caused by the CCP Virus in almost all countries, Craft summarized two points where the CCP failed to deal with the pandemic, according to widespread reports.
“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that more information, more transparency, is part of the answer,” Craft wrote.
And she emphasized, “I made clear to President Tsai that the U.S. stands with Taiwan and always will, as friends and partners, standing shoulder to shoulder as pillars of democracy.”
Tsai expressed satisfaction with the exchange with Craft, saying, “As an ambassador who always stands up for Taiwanese people, everybody [in Taiwan] likes her very much,” according to the South China Morning Post.
She added, “We will continue to promote our bid to join the U.N. and its affiliated organizations and activities, and we hope the U.S. can continue to support us,” and mentioned the strategies provided by Craft to advance this initiative.
While Craft had scheduled to travel to Taiwan Jan. 13-15, the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration led to the cancellation of all diplomatic travel, according to the State Department’s announcement, according to Taiwan News.
“We are canceling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary’s trip to Europe,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus announced on Jan. 12.
She also explained, “We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 days.”
The initial announcement by Craft, who would have made the first visit to Taiwan by an official of her rank, infuriated CCP officials, as expressed through their spokesman.
“The United States will not succeed in its attempt to damage China’s fundamental interests by politically manipulating the Taiwan issue,” he said threateningly as part of his statement.
The CCP insists on annexing Taiwan to its domain, even if it involves the use of violence, but several countries have shown their support for the island’s democracy, with the United States being the most determined of them all.