U.S. reiterates support for Taiwan’s participation in world bodies

Washington, April 26 (CNA) The United States reiterated Thursday its backing for Taiwan to take part in world bodies, hailing Taiwan as a "force for good in the world" that deserves its strong support.

"We support Taiwan's membership in international organizations that do not require statehood. In organizations that require statehood for membership, the United States supports Taiwan's meaningful participation," Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told CNA in an e-mail.

"This includes ICAO, INTERPOL, WHO, and the more than 60 international organizations in which Taiwan participates," she noted.

The U.S. remains committed to supporting Taiwan as it seeks to expand its already significant contributions to addressing global challenges, Adams said, stressing that "we consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world. Taiwan shares our values, has earned our respect, and continues to merit our strong support."

Adams' reiteration came at a time when Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation to attend this year's annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) -- that is scheduled to be held from May 21-26 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Taiwan last attended the WHA in 2016 as an observer shortly after Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party came to power, although the invitation came late with an addendum about the "one China principle."

Last year, Taiwan was excluded from the WHA, as Beijing stepped up its pressure to block Taiwan's presence on the world stage.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel