Supporting Taiwan is global consensus: Foreign minister

Joseph Wu speaks with the press on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) expressed dissatisfaction and regret on Thursday over the World Health Organization’s alleged censor on the word “Taiwan,” prohibiting social media users from leaving comments during a Facebook event. 

In acknowledgement of the situation, Wu announced that he has voiced Taiwan’s objection to WHO’s actions. The foreign minister also pointed out that Taiwan has already received recognition and support from over 1,700 parliamentarians from Europe, Latin America and Africa, and more, for Taiwan’s eventual participation in the international organization.

In this regard, Wu said that support for Taiwan has evidently become a global consensus, and he will continue to work hard to gain more support from the international community. 

asked whether the planned economic dialogue between Taiwan and the United States would bring about changes in the wake of president-elect Joe Biden assuming office, Wu said that he was not worried.

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pomepo announced that the first U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue will take place on Nov. 20. 

Wu explained that U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach, who will be leading the talks, had already laid good foundation with Taiwan during his visit to the nation in mid-September. 

Based on this, Wu anticipates consulting closely with the U.S. later this month and is confident that afterwards, there will be a more stable foundation to enhance Taiwan’s relationship with the U.S. in the future.