U.S. ambassador heads to U.N. with Taiwan ‘Formosan black bear’ in bag

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft was spotted carrying a Formosan black bear stuffed animal in her purse on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Newtalk/NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (駐紐約台北經濟文化辦事處) posted a photo on Friday showing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, carrying a Formosan black bear stuffed animal in her purse on her way to promote Taiwan.

The picture came in light following Craft’s earlier statement to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文) claiming that she has always carried the Formosan black bear with her due to its representation of Taiwan.

In September 2020, Craft was also seen with the black bear during the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF, 全球合作暨訓練架構) video conference, hosted by Taiwan, the U.S. and Japan.

In the latest photo featuring the now famous Formosan black bear, Craft can be seen heading up the stairs with the stuffed animal barely peeking out from her black purse. 

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York shared the photo on its Twitter as well and added, “We hope to be there one day.”

This sentiment was reflected in Craft’s remarks for Model UN students in Taiwan, as she said, “Never mistake the instant for the hour, the day for the year.

And most of all do not let the tribulations steer your mind away from what you know and what you believe. Stay firm, say the words of democracy even in the wake of this moment. Because one day, you, too, will be standing here.”