US cancels UN envoy's visit to Taiwan

The US State Department says it has canceled a visit to Taiwan by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, which was planned for this week.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the department had canceled all the trips scheduled for this week that senior officials had planned to make. The cancellations include Craft's visit to Taiwan.

The department cited ongoing transition work ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as the reason for the cancellations.

The ambassador was due to visit Taiwan from Wednesday through Friday. Craft would have become the first sitting US envoy to the UN to visit Taiwan since Taiwan left the UN in 1971.