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Tsai adds Facebook and Cisco to US trip

Tsai adds Facebook and Cisco to US trip

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will also visit the headquarters of Facebook, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc. during her trip to the United States which begins this weekend, reports said Tuesday.
The 12-day tour will take her to six cities and bring her into contact with government officials, elected politicians and academics.
According to media reports in Taiwan Tuesday, Tsai will spend part of her time in the San Francisco area to visit two of the top tech firms based in the area, Facebook in Menlo Park and Cisco in San Jose. At nearby Stanford University, she will participate in a forum about cooperation between the US and Taiwan on innovation and technology.
In Washington D.C., Tsai will hold a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell as a host. The opposition leader will also attend a banquet with top members of Congress and later meet former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who was labeled by the Taiwanese media as an old friend.
Tsai has reportedly prepared boxes of Pingtung tea for her hosts and friends, but the focus of media and US pundits alike will concentrate on her future policies. Most recent opinion polls describe her as the most likely candidate to win next January’s presidential election. As a result, US leaders are interested in hearing how she wants to handle the sensitive relationship with China.
Tsai will be accompanied by the DPP’s secretary-general, Joseph Wu, a former Taiwan representative in the US who now holds the title of DPP representative in that country. Former Foreign Minister James Huang, legislator Bikhim Hsiao and former deputy representative in the US Lee Ying-yuan will also form part of the 32-member delegation, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:43 GMT+08:00