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Senator from Oregon to visit Taiwan later in week

TAIPEI -- A U.S. senator is scheduled to visit Taiwan later this week as part of a trip to Asia to discuss regional security issues, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday.

Senator Ronald Wyden (D-Oregon) is set to visit Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday, during which he will meet with senior Taiwanese leaders, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Wyden is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In a statement welcoming Wyden's visit, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it hopes the trip will allow him to learn more about Taiwan's development and offer opportunities to discuss issues of mutual concern.

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