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Bill on Taiwan's Interpol bid clears U.S. congressional subcommittee

Bill on Taiwan's Interpol bid clears U.S. congressional subcommittee

Washington, May 20 (CNA) A piece of legislation that would promote Taiwan's participation as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) cleared the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.
The Committee on Foreign Affairs is scheduled to review the legislation Thursday.
The legislation, led by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chairman of the subcommittee, will require the U.S. president to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in Interpol.
Specifically, it requires an official request for observer status for Taiwan, urging of member states to assist in the effort, and a status report to Congress.
Taiwan became an Interpol member in 1961 under its official name the Republic of China but withdrew in 1984, when its name was changed to Taiwan, China against its will and when the People's Republic of China applied to become a member.
During a hearing before the subcommittee in April, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel said the U.S. supports Taiwan's participation in Interpol and is looking for ways to realize that goal.

(By Cheng Chung-sheng and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 16:01 GMT+08:00