In a recent meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a US official announced his country would “redouble” its efforts to make sure that Taiwan can participate fully on the global stage, and that its voice on a range of issues is heard.
This statement by US-based James Moriarty, Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan comes on the back of continued efforts by China to curb Taiwan’s increasing global presence.
Beijing has repeatedly claimed in recent months that Taiwan is not an independent country and (is) an integral part of China, and since the first Tsai presidency came into being in 2016, has continued to whittle away at Taiwan’s diplomatic allies as part of an ongoing dollar-politics game.
In his meeting with President Tsai, Moriarty, said “During President Tsai’s second term, we will redouble our efforts to expand Taiwan’s participation on the global stage, a need exemplified by the on-going spread of coronavirus,” – sentiments welcomed by many in Taiwan.
While Taiwanese access to the World Health Organization remains blocked by China, and with Beijing accused of playing politics with human lives during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, there have been increasing numbers of requests made by countries such as the US, Japan and a number of European nations to reconsider their stance.
Moriarty also said that “Taiwan’s measured, transparent and evidence-based approach to containing this disease is a testament to the strength of its democratic system,” adding “it also underscores for the whole world to see the value that Taiwan can bring to international organizations. Countries around the world stand to benefit from Taiwan’s knowledge, experience and generosity”.
At a time when Chinese COVID-19 cases have risen above 80,000, Taiwan has reported just 42 cases of the virus with a single death on the island compared to over 3,000 deaths in China.