TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Friday (Jan. 15) released the text of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s opening remarks made during a video conference between her and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
Craft affirmed the two countries' close relationship by saying that the U.S. “stands shoulder to shoulder with Taiwan as pillars of democracy.” She emphasized that the U.S. would always be by Taiwan’s side and that this would never change.
She also stated that Taiwan is an “inspiration for the region” and the world, adding that Tsai’s courage and vision reinforce the East Asian nation’s global reputation.
The ambassador called Taiwan a “model for democracy, equality for women, innovation and scientific exploration, a [staunch defender] of human rights.” She then added that Tsai had taught her to “never mistake the present for a determination of the future.”
Ambassador Kraft was originally scheduled to visit Taiwan from Jan. 13-15 but the U.S. State Department called it off on Jan. 12, citing ongoing presidential transition preparations. In lieu of the in-person meeting, Kraft and Tsai held a video conference to discuss Taiwan’s international participation, bilateral cooperation, and shared democratic values.