US continues to support Taiwan's participation in WHO, ICAO: AIT Director

AIT Director Brent Christensen spoke at a symposium hosted by AIT, NTU, and ICRT on Monday

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AIT Dir., Brent Christensen (R), with AIT Chairman James Moriarty (C) and former Dir. William Stanton (L)

AIT Dir., Brent Christensen (R), with AIT Chairman James Moriarty (C) and former Dir. William Stanton (L) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Monday, April 15, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), National Taiwan University (NTU), and the radio station ICRT hosted a conference to discuss Taiwan-U.S. relations on the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.

AIT Director Brent Christensen spoke at the event and declared that the United States remains committed to promoting Taiwan’s increased participation in international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), INTERPOL, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Christensen said that the U.S. is actively lobbying with international partners across the globe to help Taiwan gain the recognition and access it deserves to such organizations, which could serve public safety both domestically and internationally.

The AIT Director stressed that such concerns for health and safety of the public should come before politics. Christensen also expressed his belief that strengthening the international system is the best way to address the problem facing the globe.

Taiwan, as a ready and willing partner, should be given more opportunity to assist in the global efforts to improve health and public safety. Likewise, Taiwan’s 23 million people should not be excluded from crucial organizations like the WHO, or the ICAO.

During his time as Director of the AIT, Christensen pledged that strengthening Taiwan’s role in international organizations would remain one of his top priorities.

The joint symposium was held at NTU under the theme of Taiwan’s future prospects after 40 years of the TRA. Additionally, former AIT Director, William Stanton, as well as the current Chairman of the AIT, James Moriarty, who is in Taiwan visiting for the TRA anniversary, were also in attendance at Monday’s event.

Also in attendance were David Meale, a visiting U.S. State Department deputy assistant secretary, as well as former Taiwanese diplomat, Chen Chien-jen (程建人), reports Liberty Times.