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Tsai to visit Latin America via U.S.: reports

Tsai to visit Latin America via U.S.: reports

Tsai to visit Latin America via U.S.: reports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to transit through the United States on her way to and back from Panama and Paraguay next month for her first overseas trip since taking office, reports said Saturday.
Since Taiwanese ally Panama invited her to attend the ceremony for the expansion of the Panama Canal on June 26, her Democratic Progressive Party already commented several times that she would consider an eventual trip.
One day after she was sworn in as president, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported that she was likely to depart on June 25 and pass through Miami on her way to Panama. After the ceremony, she would continue to Taiwan’s only ally in South America, Paraguay, and return via Los Angeles, the newspaper wrote, adding that the whole voyage would not last longer than one week.
The Presidential Office said Saturday that if there was any news, it would announce it, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had recommended the trip to Tsai because Panama was an important ally and the canal ceremony was an important event.
Even though the country recognizes Taiwan, it also invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to the ceremony, but he was unlikely to attend, reports said. According to the United Daily News, Tsai would be able to meet former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the leaders of Chile, Honduras and El Salvador at the event.
It was not yet clear whom she might meet during the transit stops in the U.S., but similar stopovers by previous Taiwanese presidents included encounters with senior politicians, government officials and overseas Taiwanese. Tsai visited the U.S. last year during her presidential election campaign.
Officials from the Presidential Office and MOFA had a meeting Saturday morning, but it was not known whether Tsai’s voyage featured on the agenda, the United Evening News reported.


Updated : 2022-05-18 17:19 GMT+08:00