Senior US politician calls for Taiwan’s president to be granted trip to Washington

15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Politico | 7:13 AM Print This Post

A trio of pro-Taiwan US House representatives in California joined Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen during her stopover in Los Angeles with one of them calling on the US government to grant her an unprecedented visit in the US capital.

The three US House lawmakers, including Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ed Royce, the committee’s Asia and Pacific subcommittee ranking member Brad Sherman and Congresswoman Judy Chu, greeted Tsai in Los Angeles,

Tsai arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday night in a high-profile transit visit that is certain to irk Beijing, with a call for overseas Taiwanese to return to serve the self-ruled island.

The transit marks the first stopover for the Taiwan president after the US Congress unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Act early this year, which President Donald Trump signed into law, allowing US government officials at all levels, including cabinet-level national security officials, to travel to Taiwan and high-level officials of Taiwan to enter the US

 (South China Morning Post)

(South China Morning Post)

During his remarks, Sherman revealed that the Taiwan Travel Act was aimed at encouraging Taiwanese presidents to visit the US capital Washington.

Sherman who called himself a “strong advocate for US-Taiwan alliance” addressed his legislative intention that “I want to see one of the highest level” of visits between the US and Taiwan and that is to “welcome you [Tsai Ing-wen] in Washington D.C.”

Ed Royce, a Republican Congressman who helped ensure the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act through Congress, said “We’ve seen many positive developments in the US-Taiwan relationship this year, including the enactment of the Taiwan Travel Act”.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/13/taiwans-president-washington-trip-775070

 


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