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Legislators depart for US on annual diplomacy trip

TAIPEI -- A group of legislators from the Taiwan-U.S. Inter Parliamentary Amity Association departed yesterday for the United States for an annual visit to promote parliamentary diplomacy.

Lin Yu-fang from the ruling Kuomintang, who leads the delegation, said parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in Taiwan U.S. relations because the two countries do not have formal diplomatic ties.

During the latest visit, the legislators will call on senior members of the Senate and House of Representatives and co-chairs of Taiwan caucuses to discuss issues related to regional security, arms sales, U.S. visa waivers for Taiwan and voluntary military service, Lin said.

They will also visit the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veteran Affairs and be received by officials who are “higher in rank” than in past visits, according to Lin.

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