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Top U.S. envoy supports Taiwan's participation in U.N. agencies

Top U.S. envoy supports Taiwan's participation in U.N. agencies

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) The United States' top envoy to Taiwan said Tuesday that the U.S. supports Taiwan's "meaningful participation" in U.N. specialized agencies and expects better bilateral relations between America and Taiwan.
William Stanton, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, reiterated that the U.S. will continue to adhere to the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act and on cross-Taiwan Strait issues, will respect Taiwan's attitude toward China.
Stanton, who assumed office two months ago, make the remarks in a speech on U.S.-Taiwan Relations at National Chengchi University's Institute of International Relations.
Following Taiwan's success in its bid to attend the World Health Assembly -- the World Health Organization's decision-making body -- as an observer for the first time in May this year, the government has recently announced that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization will be the country's next targets for "meaningful participation" in U.N. specialized agencies.
Stanton said the U.S. backs President Ma Ying-jeou's "modus vivendi" diplomatic strategy, which favors a moderate and pragmatic approach.
He said the U.S. also supports Taiwan's efforts to provide professional advice in specialized fields and make a contribution on reducing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.
Stanton added that U.S.-Taiwan relations will be strengthened as mutual exchanges between non-profit organizations, academic institutions, think tanks and youth groups will help more people understand Taiwan and experience the warmth of the Taiwanese people.
(By Sinyao Shih and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-02-25 16:21 GMT+08:00