US supports ROC in Interpol: official
The United States supports Taiwan’s participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and is looking for ways to realize that goal, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel said Thursday.
“We very much agree that Taiwan is a net contributor to international law enforcement and we’re looking for ways to build on that,” Russel said during a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
The United States has been “active in helping to promote Taiwan’s international space and its active participation in appropriate organi- zations, including the Interpol,” he said.
Russel, who is responsible for U.S. diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region, also reiterated U.S. policy of support for Taiwan’s membership in international organizations for which statehood is not a prerequisite and for active partcipation in institutions where membership is not possible due to Beijing’s objection.
Taiwan became an Interpol member in 1961 under its official name the Republic of China but withdrew in 1984, when its name was changed to Taiwan, China against its will and when the People’s Republic of China applied to become a member.
Russel’s comments came after a piece of legislation introduced on April 16 by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, that would promote Taiwan’s participation as an observer in Interpol.
The bill will require the U.S. president to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the organization based in Lyon, France.
Specifically, it requires an official request for observer status for Taiwan, active urging of member states to assist in the effort, and a status report to Congress.
The co-sponsors of the bill include U.S. lawmakers Ed Royce, Eliot Engel and Brad Sherman.