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U.S. congressman Matt Salmon to visit Taiwan to promote ties

U.S. congressman Matt Salmon to visit Taiwan to promote ties

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) U.S. congressman Matt Salmon, one of the initiators of a bill that supports Taiwan's participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), will arrive in Taiwan late on Saturday to promote closer ties, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Salmon, who serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and chairs the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and other senior officials to discuss the latest developments in bilateral trade and security relations, the ministry said Saturday. Describing him as an important friend of Taiwan in the U.S. Congress, the ministry said Salmon has helped pushed several pieces of legislation in support of Taiwan's participation in international organizations. The latest example was the bill passed by the House of Representatives on Nov. 2 that backed Taiwan's participation as an observer in Interpol. "This bipartisan bill carries the torch of congressional support for Taiwan's membership and inclusion in the international community," Salmon said in a statement to applaud the passage of the bill. The legislation will now move to the U.S Senate for screening and approval. Salmon has also supported bills backing Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and reinforcing the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), the foundation of the development of unofficial ties between Taiwan and the U.S. The congressman has a deep bond with Taiwan, the ministry said, noting that he first came to Taiwan in the 1970s as a missionary and has since paid several visits to the island. He is scheduled to visit Taiwan from Nov. 7 to 13, it said. The ministry said it believes the visit will help him learn more about the development of ties across the Taiwan Strait and issues related to Taipei-Washington relations. His visit coincides with the historic meeting between President Ma and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???) held Saturday in Singapore. The Ma-Xi meeting, slated for Saturday afternoon, was the first-ever between the leaders of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People's Republic of China. The PRC was founded in 1949 after the end of the Chinese civil war, won by the Communists over the Nationalists, who moved the seat of the ROC government to Taiwan. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-24 10:27 GMT+08:00