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US congresswoman to visit to understand more about bilateral relations

TAIPEI -- U.S. congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will visit Taiwan later this week to learn more about the development of bilateral relations, Taiwan's foreign and economic policies and its ties with China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Thursday on a four-day visit, during which she will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, the ministry said in a statement.

She will also call on other government officials and representatives from the private sector to discuss issues related to Taiwan-U.S. ties, the ministry added.

Johnson, who is currently ranking member on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a long-time friend of Taiwan's, the ministry said.

A member of the Taiwan Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, she is supportive of the U.S.' commitment to Taiwan's security and the idea of a bilateral free trade agreement, according to the ministry.

The ministry said it hopes that Johnson, who has visited Taiwan several times, will continue to support the country.

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