Presidential Office denies alleged plan to address US Congress

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According to the MOFA, Republican senator Ted Cruz is a long-time supporter of President Tsai Ing-wen in the United States Congress, and the ministry has expressed its gratitude for the senator’s substantial actions to strength U.S.-Taiwan relations. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – In response to media inquiries on U.S. Senator Ted Cruz letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi about President Tsai Ing-wen’s invitation to address the U.S. Congress, the Presidential Office said on Feb. 7 that it has yet to have such an arrangement, but it will continue to promote bilateral exchanges in the future.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MOFA) spokesperson, Republican senator Ted Cruz is a long-time supporter of Taiwan in the U.S. Congress, and the ministry has expressed its gratitude for his substantial actions to strength U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Encouraging such interaction between the U.S. and Taiwan at all levels of governance has been the common goal of both Taiwan and Washington, the MOFA said.

A great example of this is the Taiwan Travel Act, a bill signed last year by U.S. President Donald Trump that was unanimously passed by both the U.S. Senate and the House to promote meetings between high-ranking government officials in the U.S. and Taiwan.

The ministry says the bill bears the same outlook among the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government on U.S.-Taiwan relations.

According to the MOFA, the government aims to further encourage dialogue between both countries in all aspects, including mutually beneficial interactions and understanding that strengthen partnership and cooperation.

Nevertheless, several Kuomintang lawmakers have remained just far from optimistic, expressing their concerns about the Taiwan economy given the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

A situation that recalls the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1996.