Letter: Taiwan shut out

Last modified: 3/7/2014 11:39:02 AM
Re “In Indonesia, Kerry blasts climate change deniers,” (Monitor Nation & World section, Feb. 17):

The weirdest thing about Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech: He says every country is needed to play a role in cleaner energy or the world will face a calamitous future. However, Taiwan was excluded from 195 nations that met every year for a global summit on climate change, even though the island nation 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.

The challenges posed by climate change have continued to grow during the past decade. No country is immune to the impact of global warming, so it is of extreme importance that we address these challenges in a global manner to ensure our planet’s sustainable development.

The continuously exclusion of Taiwan from the global summit not only runs counter to the global efforts to address climate change, it also cuts Taiwan out of the information loop and leaves it open to the effects of natural disasters. Let Taiwan join the global action so that it can contribute to climate change dialogue on the global stage.


Potomac Falls, Va.

(The writer is advisory commissioner for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council of the Republic of China, Taiwan, in the United States.)

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