US congressional delegation to arrive in Taiwan today
The China PostBy Joseph Yeh--A United States Congressional delegation, led by Senator James Inhofe, (R-Oklahoma), is expected to arrive Taiwan today, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.
January 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The delegation headed by Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is scheduled to stay in Taipei until tomorrow, the AIT said in a released statement.
The delegation includes four other members of Congress plus support staff. While in Taiwan, the members of Congress will meet with senior Taiwan leaders, it said.
Inhofe and the Congressional delegation are visiting Taiwan as part of a larger visit to Asia and Africa to discuss security, trade and foreign relations issues, it added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday that the 19-men U.S. delegation will be arriving Taiwan on a U.S. military aircraft.
Inhofe was recently elected by Republican Senate Armed Services Committee members to be the panel's new Ranking Member.
His scheduled visit showcases U.S. Congress's long-term support and friendship to the Republic of China government, the MOFA said in a separate released statement.
The delegation will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, Jason Yuan, head of the National Security Council, and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, the MOFA said.