House Foreign Affairs Committee chair begins 3-day visit to Taiwan
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The new chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and trade issues, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said.
January 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Ed Royce (R-California), heading a U.S. congressional delegation during the Taiwan visit, is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, and other officials, said Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The Taiwan visit is part of the delegation's East Asian trip, which is Royce's first overseas trip in his new capacity as the committee's chairman, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
The 20-member delegation also includes Congressman Eliot Engel (D-New York), the top Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, MOFA added.
MOFA said it is rare that the heads of the Republican and Democratic parties in the committee visit Taiwan simultaneously, and this shows the importance of Taipei-Washington ties and the U.S. bipartisan support for Taiwan.
Royce succeeded Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida to head the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ros-Lehtinen is also a long-term outspoken supporter of Taiwan.