US Congress holds party to usher in Taiwan's King
CNAWASHINGTON--The U.S. Congress held a welcome party for King Pu-tsung, Taiwan's recently appointed representative to the United States, on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
King came to the U.S. last December to assume his post, and Congress held the party to formally welcome and introduce him.
A total of 48 Congress members — 13 senators and 35 representatives — attended the party to greet King and his wife, Chou Hui-ting.
Ed Royce (R-California), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said at the party that he would introduce a bill in the House of Representatives the following day to support a bid by Taiwan to join the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an observer.
He said he supports Taiwan's phasing out of its aging fighter planes and submarines.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had expressed to King previously that it is important in terms of international aviation safety for Taiwan to have membership of the ICAO.