The US has cancelled a scheduled visit by its ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft. That was the word from Taiwan’s representative to the US Hsiao Bi-kihm on Tuesday. Craft was scheduled to visit Taiwan this week from January 13 -15.
The US State Department announced on Tuesday that it has canceled all visits scheduled for this week due to its transition work for the incoming Joe Biden administration.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement, “We are expecting shortly a plan from the incoming administration identifying the career officials who will remain in positions of responsibility on an acting basis until the Senate confirmation process is complete for incoming officials. As a result, we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary’s trip to Europe.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first announced Craft's planned visit to Taiwan on Jan. 7, after more than 50 pro-democracy advocates were arrested in Hong Kong. Craft’s office said her visit was aimed to “reinforce the U.S. government's strong and ongoing support for Taiwan's international space.”
Craft was scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Thursday and to deliver a speech at the foreign ministry’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.
She would have been the first incumbent US ambassador to the U.N. to visit Taiwan since 1968, when George Ball visited Taiwan.