Siew to lead business delegation to US: Burghardt
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew will lead a delegation consisting of Taiwanese CEOs to the U.S. in November, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt said on Wednesday in Washington.
August 30, 2013, 11:48 am TWN
The project proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to feature CEOs from Taiwan's high-tech industries and other important industrial sectors, Burghardt told Taiwanese media during a discussion on U.S.-Taiwan ties held by the Washington-based U.S.-China Policy Foundation.
The Taiwanese delegation is scheduled to visit New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, he said.
Incumbent Vice President Wu Den-yih said in Taipei earlier this month that the delegation will be dispatched soon with the aim of boosting trade and economic relations between the two countries. At that point in time, Wu did not offer a time period for when the delegation would visit the U.S.
Wu said the planned visit by Taiwan's industry leaders is part of Ma's efforts to increase bilateral trade and economic exchanges with the United States.
Siew is now chairman of the Taipei-based Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research think tank.
Taiwan an Important Partner: Burghardt
Meanwhile, the AIT chair said during the same occasion on Wednesday that the U.S. government considers Taiwan an important partner and it is committed to a long-standing relationship with Taiwan, according to a Central News Agency report.
Taipei-Washington relations have been moving forward in a very healthy and productive way, Burghardt said
“Over the last four years, the Obama administration has made a very deliberate effort to deal with Taiwan as an important partner in its own right, not simply as an issue in our relations with Beijing,” Burghardt was quoted as saying in the CNA report.
The AIT head also noted that Washington values the progress Ma has made in stabilizing cross-Taiwan Strait relations over the past few years.
He said Washington respects Ma's conviction that Taiwan must conduct negotiations with China from a position of confidence based on an ability to deter coercion.
“We will continue to stand by the commitment we made to Taiwan 34 years ago (when the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan),” he said.
Burghardt noted that the U.S. government has routinely briefed Taiwan on its meetings with China, while Taipei has kept Washington informed of its dialogue with Beijing as well.
“We see that stability is in our interests as well as in Taiwan's. The restoration of direct cross-strait communication has obviously helped to minimize the possibilities for miscalculation and misunderstanding,” he said.