US sup­ports ROC in Interpol: of­fi­cial

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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