US-Taiwan Business Council leaders to visit Taiwan

Washington, April 17 (CNA) Chairman Paul Wolfowitz of the US-Taiwan Business Council will lead a delegation to visit Taiwan April 18-20 during which they will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen to discuss ways of promoting business relations between the two countries, council sources said Sunday.

High on the delegation's agenda will be Taiwan's participation in the Round-2 talks for joining Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade initiative led by the United States, they said.

Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers, president of the council, said the delegation, composed of senior executives of 24 major corporations, will thank President Ma for having offered a stable platform for the business communities of the two countries to promote their relations and bringing the relations between the two countries closer than ever during the past eight years.

Council members expect to continue their good relations with Taiwan's new government under the leadership of Tsai Ing-wen, working with the Tsai administration to facilitate Taiwan's joining TPP and helping with Taiwan's goals of economic reform and trade liberalization, Hammond-Chambers said.

Wolfowitz, council chairman since 2008, and his delegation will call at senior members of the Tsai administration's national security and economic teams to discuss matters of mutual concern, said Hammond-Chambers, who has been the council's president since 1994. (By Tony Liao and S.C. Chang)