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US Senators support bill to bolster Taiwan’s participation in UN civil aviation body

  • 30 September, 2022
  • Naomi Hellman
US Senators support bill to bolster Taiwan’s participation in UN civil aviation body
There's a push for Taiwan's inclusion in ICAO

United States Senators Ted Cruz and Jeff Merkley are co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation they say will improve global aviation safety. The bill, which was introduced on Thursday, aims to help efforts to include Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

ICAO is a United Nations body responsible for regulating civilian aviation. Due to pressure from China, Taiwan has not been invited to participate in ICAO proceedings since 2013. It has also been excluded from the ongoing 41st ICAO Assembly taking place in Montreal.

The new US bill, called Ensuring Taiwan Aviation and Safety Act of 2022, tasks the US Secretary of State with regularly submitting a report to Congress on measures taken to ensure Taiwan’s integration in the UN’s civil aviation agency. It follows an earlier call from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for Taiwan “to participate meaningfully in ICAO’s work.”

In response, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement of support on Friday that stressed the need for inclusive aviation. It says that China's large-scale military exercises around Taiwan last month “gravely affected international air traffic.”

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