|Kelly Knight Craft speaking after presenting her credentials as the U.S. ambassador to Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2017. (Photo by=Adrian Wyld/Associated Press)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The United States stands by Taiwan and always will, the US ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said on Wednesday (Jan 12) following a call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, after her own trip to Taipei this week got scrapped.
Craft's planned visit had come in the teeth of strong objections from China which views the island as its own territory. But the trip was canceled by the State Department as part of a bar on all travel ahead of the transition to the incoming Biden administration. Craft, who is due to leave the role when Joe Biden assumes the presidency next week, wrote on Twitter that it was a "great privilege" to speak with Tsai.
"We discussed the many ways Taiwan is a model for the world, as demonstrated by its success in fighting COVID-19 and all that Taiwan has to offer in the fields of health, technology, and cutting-edge science," she said. Craft's visit would have been highly symbolic as Taiwan is not a UN member due to China's objections. Beijing says only it has the right to speak for Taiwan on the world stage, something Taipei's democratically-elected government rejects. Taiwan's presidential office said Tsai and Clark had discussed the island's international participation, Taiwan-US ties, and the "sharing of democratic ideals".