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Lieutenant governors of 3 US states promote trade in ROC

TAIPEI -- The lieutenant governors of Indiana, Washington and Missouri are in Taiwan to advance trade ties between their states and Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During her weeklong visit until June 28, Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is scheduled to call on officials with the Council of Agriculture and attend the Taipei International Food Show that opens Wednesday, the ministry said.

Ellspermann will lead a delegation from her state in exhibiting new products and meeting potential Taiwanese importers at the U.S. Pavilion at the four-day trade show, said the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The institute represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Also visiting Taiwan is Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen, who witnessed the signing of a reciprocal driver license agreement between his state and Taiwan on Monday, the ministry said.

Washington became the eighth U.S. state to sign such an agreement with Taiwan, following Maryland, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Delaware, the ministry added.

On a weeklong trade and cultural mission, Owen will attend the food exhibition in Taipei and is scheduled to meet with officials with the foreign affairs, economic affairs, and transportation ministries, and the Council of Indigenous Peoples, among others, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Washington delegation will also promote the state's seafood and agricultural products during its visit, which will conclude on June 27, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Peter Kinder, Missouri's lieutenant governor, is leading a delegation that also includes legislators from the midwestern states of Missouri, Kansas and North Dakota, the ministry said.

During a seven-day visit that ends June 28, the delegation will visit several government agencies and the Legislative Yuan as well as the Hsinchu Science Park and the Council of Agriculture's Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, the ministry said.

The visit is aimed at increasing the delegation's understanding of Taiwan's political and economic environment, cross-Taiwan Strait ties and the development of relations between Taiwan and the United States, it said.

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