The head of the US diplomatic mission to Taiwan said Wednesday that President Tsai Ing-wen is not to blame for the current poor state of cross-strait relations.
James Moriarty, chair of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), is in Taiwan to attend the opening of the AIT’s new US$250 million office complex in Taipei. He described President Tsai as a pragmatic and responsible leader. He acknowledged that the president has attempted to reach out to China’s leadership and said he did not think “people in Washington are blaming the lack of dialogue on President Tsai.”
Moriarty also condemned Beijing’s “counterproductive” moves to isolate Taiwan in the international community. These include putting pressure on international companies to describe Taiwan as part of China, and Taiwan’s exclusion from this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA).
The AIT chair said he found Taiwan’s exclusion from last month’s WHA disappointing, but he said he was encouraged that more countries appeared willing to speak up concerning Taiwan’s treatment.