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British parliamentarians visiting Taiwan to promote bilateral ties

British parliamentarians visiting Taiwan to promote bilateral ties

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) A group of British parliamentarians is in Taiwan to promote bilateral ties, as part of regular visits by U.K. lawmakers to learn more about the development in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. Lord Steel of Aikwood, co-chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group of the U.K. Parliament, is leading the delegation on the visit, the ministry said in a statement. During their stay here from Jan. 2-8, the delegation is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and national security officials, as well as call on Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, officials with the ruling Kuomintang and the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party, the ministry said. They will also meet with Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih and the United Kingdom's representative to Taiwan Chris Wood, the ministry added. Other parliamentarians on the delegation are Baroness Howells of St Davids, Lord Davies of Stamford and Lord Rennard, according to the ministry. Lord Steel of Aikwood is a close friend of Taiwan, who has received the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon from Taiwan and is visiting the country for a fourth time, the ministry said. All members on the delegation have paid great attention to the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations and the situation in East Asia, and have played a part in advancing the ties between Taiwan and the U.K. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 02:10 GMT+08:00