US Congress receives bills backing Taiwan's ICAO bid
CNAWASHINGTON--Bills in support of Taiwan's observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, a U.S. senator said Thursday.
March 16, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a press release that he submitted one of the bills that day in the Senate, while the other was submitted to the House of Representatives by Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Menedez said that Taiwan is one of the world's major air passenger and cargo markets, and it provides air traffic control service to over 1.2 million flights per year.
It was also included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program last year, which is expected to increase travel between Taiwan and the U.S. rapidly, he added.