The Buzz | US ambassador to UN and Taiwan’s president meet virtually

Her trip canceled in the final days of the Trump administration, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft instead met virtually yesterday [Macau time] with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and told her: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.”
And though she’ll leave office with the president next week, Craft said she still hopes to visit the self-ruled island soon, calling Taiwan “a beacon and a lodestar” for its science, technology and democracy.
The announcement last week that Craft would visit Taiwan sparked sharp criticism from China’s government, which considers Taiwan a renegade province and has stepped up threats to bring the island under its control.
China quickly condemned the virtual meeting, saying, “The United States should understand that the attempt to challenge the one-China principle receives no support and is doomed to fail,” in a statement from a spokesman for China’s Mission to the U.N. on Twitter.
Tsai thanked Craft at the opening of the virtual meeting, which The Associated Press witnessed, “for always speaking up for Taiwan at the most important times.”

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