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U.S. senator in Taiwan to discuss regional security, trade

U.S. senator in Taiwan to discuss regional security, trade

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) U.S. Senator Tom Cotton is in Taiwan on a four-day visit to meet with Taiwanese officials and discuss such issues as regional security and trade, according to the American Institute in Taiwan.
Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, serves on the Senate's Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.
"Senator Cotton will have a wide range of meetings with officials in Taiwan to discuss issues of mutual interest to the United States and Taiwan, including regional security and trade issues," the AIT said in a statement late Tuesday.
The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement to welcome Cotton's visit and described him as "an important friend" in Congress. Before becoming a senator earlier this year, Cotton served one term in the House of Representatives, during which he supported many resolutions backing Taiwan, including one that endorsed Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization and another reinforcing the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act, the ministry said.
The ministry said it expects the visit will help Cotton learn more about the development of Taipei-Washington ties and relations across the Taiwan Strait, and it hoped that the senator will continue to support Taiwan and help strengthen bilateral ties. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 00:50 GMT+08:00