U.S. Envoy Calls for Taiwan to Join Interpol, World Health Organization | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. Envoy Calls for Taiwan to Join Interpol, World Health Organization

U.S. envoy Brent Christensen, the de facto American ambassador to Taiwan, on Monday pledged continuing U.S. support for Taiwan to join international organizations like Interpol and the World Health Organization (WHO) despite China’s campaign to isolate the island nation.
At a symposium held on the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, Christensen called for Taiwan to be granted “full membership in international organizations that do not require statehood” and “meaningful participation” in those that do. Taiwan exists in an uneasy autonomous relationship with mainland China, which frequently threatens to use military force against the island should it declare full independence.

Christensen named the World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO, Interpol, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as important examples of organizations that should accept Taiwan. He noted Taiwan was invited to annual WHA meetings from 2009 to 2016, at which point it was “suddenly no longer welcome to attend” because a more independence-minded candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, won the Taiwanese presidential election.

“We continue to work with other like-minded countries to lobby international organizations to put health, security and economic prosperity above politics,” Christensen said.