Support for Taiwan to join international bodies is growing: AIT Chairman

Rising support from countries with shared values will change the situation: Moriarty

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AIT Chairman James Moriarty

AIT Chairman James Moriarty (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – If enough countries which share values with Taiwan support the island, they can change the situation and help it join international organizations, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty told the Central News Agency.

The official is visiting Taiwan on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, which also marks four decades of AIT, the United States representative office on the island in the absence of official diplomatic relations.

Taiwan was facing opposition from China each time it wanted to attend international events such as next month’s World Health Assembly (WHA) and to join global organizations, but more and more countries which shared common values with the island supported its efforts, which might result in change, Moriarty said in an interview with CNA.

China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan internationally failed to contribute to regional stability, he added.

Moriarty said that each year, more countries wrote letters in support of Taiwan’s bid to attend the WHA and to join Interpol and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The replacement of Interpol’s Chinese chief by a South Korean national could also work to Taiwan’s advantage, Moriarty seemed to say.

The U.S. official also expressed the concern Washington had about the rising influence of China around the world, and especially its efforts to take away Taiwan’s Latin American allies, CNA reported.