Taiwan an exemplary partner in addressing world's challenges: U.S.

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From the AIT Facebook page

From the AIT Facebook page

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) The United States believes Taiwan is an exemplary partner in addressing the world's challenges and welcomes more countries around the globe to voice support for expanding Taiwan's international role, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said Tuesday.

In a Facebook post, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said the U.S. has continued to help expand Taiwan's role in the international community and is happy to see more like-minded countries joining the effort.

"The United States continues to help expand Taiwan's role on the world stage, and is eager to work with other like-minded countries to lobby international organizations to put health, security, and economic prosperity above politics," the post reads.

"We are happy to see Japan, Germany, Australia, Peru and Czech Republic voice their support for Taiwan's WHA bid. We believe Taiwan is an exemplary partner in addressing the world's most serious challenges," it said.

The post was made after China blocked Taiwan's bid to attend the World Health Assembly for a third consecutive year, citing its one-China principle that sees Taiwan as part of China.

Taiwan had hoped to attend the May 20-28 WHA in Geneva as an observer, as it had done from 2009 to 2016.

China decided to oppose Taiwan's participation in this year's WHA because of Taiwan's refusal to accept Beijing's "one China principle," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) said last Monday.

Since then, the U.S., Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia have expressed their support for Taiwan to take part in the WHA, the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization.

Taiwan-friendly lawmakers in Italy, Peru, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have also voiced support for Taiwan.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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