Mayor Ko blames Taiwan diplomatic woes for US official visit cancelation

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je reacts during an interview by Pop Radio talk show host Huang Wei-han on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Courtesy of Pop Radio/NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Wednesday blamed “Taiwan difficult diplomatic situation” for the cancelation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft’s visit to Taiwan.

Speaking with Pop Radio talk show host Huang Wei-han (黃暐瀚), the mayor stressed that the president is responsible for Taiwan’s defense and diplomacy, so there is no reason for local leaders to talk too much about it.

The U.S. State Department canceled the planned Taiwan visit by its U.N. ambassador that has drawn strong opposition and a warning from China.

Craft was due to begin a three-day visit Wednesday, which would have involved meetings with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and delivering a speech.

Yet, Taiwan’s diplomatic woes have unexpected effects too, the mayor remarked.

“Since President Tsai took office, fraud rings in Taiwan have returned to mainland China as the lack of cross-strait dialogue and the absence of an Interpol office means that mainland China won’t arrest them,” he said.