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Taiwan seeks US boost to actively join fight against global warming

Re “China’s vow to cut emissions offers huge lift to climate talks”: The climate deal in Beijing is the beginning of a great leap forward for climate protection. President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China have sent a message to the world: The responsibility for fighting climate change now belongs to everyone. However, most Americans don’t realize that among the 195 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taiwan is absent, despite the fact that the island is one of the leading economies in the world, a thriving democracy in East Asia, and willing to commit to reducing its carbon emissions proactively.

Climate change knows no boundaries, and there is an urgent need to combat this worrying trend together. Yet it is only with the help of the United States and the global community that Taiwan can have any hope of doing so.

The UNFCCC is a key instrument to deal with climate change. Taiwan’s 23.3 million people would therefore very much appreciate US support for Taiwan’s bid to participate in the framework convention’s meetings as an observer. Taiwan is prepared and eager to participate in the global climate regime and help safeguard our planet.

Kent Wang
Advisory commissioner
for the Overseas Chinese
Affairs Council of Republic
of China (Taiwan)
in the United States
Potomac Falls, Va.