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U.S. congressman welcomes Chu's visit

U.S. congressman welcomes Chu's visit

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Kuomintang (KMT) chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu (???) met a three-member delegation led by U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon at the KMT headquarters Tuesday, with the latter voicing welcome for Chu to visit the United States, the KMT said. According to a press release issued by the ruling party, Salmon hailed the progress in the cross-Taiwan Strait ties made over the past seven years under the KMT's rule. He also lauded the milestone summit between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???) on Nov. 7 in Singapore, it said. Salmon was quoted as saying that Taiwan's flourished democracy is set to have a positive impact on mainland China and that he will strongly support Taiwan's participation in the second round of negotiations of the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership and will further promote trade and economic exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S. The U.S. congressman has also shown interest in Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential election and he backed Chu's decision to run for president and serve Taiwan's people, the KMT press release said. The veteran Republican representative from Arizona, who also serves as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, is in Taiwan for his sixth visit to the country. Meanwhile, Chu is slated to depart later Tuesday for the U.S. for a week-long visit as part of his election campaign. While there, he will meet with U.S. ranking officials and seek support from overseas Chinese communities in Los Angles, Washington, New York and San Francisco. Although Chu has kicked off his campaign later than his Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) rival Tsai Ing-wen (???), he has said repeatedly that he is determined to win widespread public support and safeguard Taiwan's democracy. (By Y.C. Tai and Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:19 GMT+08:00