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US congressional delegation to visit Taiwan, meet senior leaders: AIT

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday that a U.S. Congressional delegation, led by Representative Edward Royce (R-California), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is scheduled to arrive in Taipei today for a three-day visit.

The delegation, consisting of eight other members of the U.S. Congress, is visiting Taiwan as part of a larger visit to East Asia, the AIT said in a released statement.

This trip will be Representative Royce's second visit to Taiwan since becoming Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

While in Taiwan, the delegation will meet with senior leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, trade and other significant issues, according to the AIT.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it welcomes the upcoming visit by the delegation.

The U.S. Congressional delegation is also scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, the National Security Council and MOFA, it noted.

During his last visit to Taipei in January 2013, Royce called for the U.S. to sell new F-16 fighters and submarines to Taiwan in order to meet its defensive needs.

Royce has said that the current U.S. administration thinks it would be sufficient for Taiwan to retrofit its existing F-16A/B jets. However, he said approving the sale of new models, including F-16C/Ds, is a better decision for Washington.

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