Regarding the closing of U.S. embassies abroad over security concerns: It's clear there's never been a more crucial time to make sure that global security is truly seamless, including air travel. Taiwan's meaningful participation as an observer in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is essential to ensure global safety, security and convenience for all passengers. This September marks the 38th session of the ICAO Assembly.
It's a welcome move that on June 18 the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1151 with a vote of 424-0 in support of Taiwan's observer status in the ICAO; the following day, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 579 in solidarity with the House and with Taiwan.
Taiwan hopes to participate as an observer in ICAO meetings, mechanisms and activities to be kept informed of new, accurate and complete ICAO regulations and standards, as well as their underlying rationale. Taiwan's participation would also greatly contribute back to other ICAO members, and to the ICAO as a whole, in pursuit of a global network of seamless, secure and safe transportation for all in a world where terrorism is still a real global problem.
Steve Hsia, Houston, Texas
Hsia is director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, whose jurisdiction includes Oklahoma.