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DPP Chairwoman Tsai arrives in Washington D.C.

DPP Chairwoman Tsai arrives in Washington D.C.

Washington, June 1 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen (???), the chairwoman of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party and the party's 2016 presidential candidate, arrived in Washington on Monday. More than 100 supporters braved stormy weather and a delay of more than two hours in her arrival at Ronald Reagan National Airport to welcome her to the United States capital. The supporters unfurled large banners, sang songs and shouted the slogan "Dong Suan" (Taiwanese for "get elected"). Three children presented flower bouquets to Tsai. Tsai briefly addressed the supporters in Taiwanese, saying that she was greatly touched by their passion. On Tsai's flight from Chicago to Washington, American Airlines announced that presidential candidate Tsai and a media delegation were on board, only to identify her as a presidential candidate from Thailand rather than Taiwan. Accompanying Tsai were DPP representative to the United States Joseph Wu (???) and former Foreign Minister James Huang (???). Ann Hung (???), Taiwan's deputy representative to the U.S., was also on hand to welcome Tsai. Tsai is expected to meet with officials from the U.S. government, Congress and think tanks during her stay in the capital, which will last until June 5. Antonio Chiang (???), a former National Security Council official, will accompany Tsai on her visits during her stay, it was understood. Tsai will not make any public appearances on June 2, but will give a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank, and attend a welcome party at the U.S. Congress on June 3. The most senior U.S. officials DPP presidential candidates have met in Washington in the past have been a deputy secretary of state and White House National Security Council deputy national security adviser, and whether Tsai meets Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is being closely watched. Asked about the possibility of meeting Blinken, Tsai would only say she appreciated the arrangements the U.S. has made for her. "It is not convenient for us to divulge with whom and when we will meet." U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf welcomed Tsai's visit and said the U.S. looks forward to exchanges with her. During Tsai's stay in Chicago, she called on several political scholars at the University of Chicago as well as Nobel Laureate James Heckman to discuss economic and education issues. (By Rita Cheng, Sophia Yeh, Tony Liao and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 10:18 GMT+08:00