Tsai meets U.S. congressional delegation, lauds Taiwan Travel Act

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President Tsai Ing-wen (right) meets with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairperson emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.4.2)

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday during a meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation that the Taiwan Travel Act that came into effect last month marks a step forward in Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Tsai said the adoption of the Taiwan Travel Act, which promotes meetings and visits between high-ranking American and Taiwanese government officials, should be credited to the U.S. Congress and that she looks forward to continuing improvement in relations between Taiwan and the United States.

Tsai made the remarks while meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation led by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairperson emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Claudia Tenney, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

During the meeting, Tsai also conferred the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on Ros-Lehtinen in recognition of her support for Taiwan in the House and her contributions to promoting the development of Taiwan-U.S. ties over the past 30 years.

The president said that in addition to pushing forward many important bills and proposals favorable to Taiwan, Ros-Lehtinen also convened several hearings on Taiwan and urged U.S. government agencies to fulfill the government’s commitment to arms sales to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.

Tsai also commended Ros-Lehtinen for her support of the idea of a Taiwan-U.S. free trade pact and strengthened bilateral partnerships and for her speaking out in support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly and other international organizations and activities.

President Tsai Ing-wen conferred the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on Ros-Lehtinen in recognition of her support for Taiwan in the House and her contributions to promoting the development of Taiwan-U.S. ties over the past 30 years. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.4.2)

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)