Guam passes legislative resolution to honor visit by Taiwan President

The governor’s office described Tsai's stopover as "private and unofficial".

President Tsai with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (right).

President Tsai with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (right). (By Central News Agency)

The Taiwanese flag (right) flying aside the flags of Guam and the U.S.

The Taiwanese flag (right) flying aside the flags of Guam and the U.S. (By Central News Agency)

GUAM (Taiwan News) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) landed in the U.S. territory of Guam on November 3 (Taipei Time) after finishing her tour of three Pacific allies, with the Guamanian legislature presenting a resolution to honor her arrival. 

After welcomed by the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan James Moriarty at the airport, Tsai and her delegation attended a welcome reception hosted by Governor of Guam Eddie Calvo at the Latte of Freedom, the Office of the Governor of Guam.

The resolution was presented by a representative of the Legislature at the welcome reception to “officially welcome” Tsai’s visit to Guam. 

The legislative resolution aims to extend the warmest welcome to President Tsai, for she has pushed for policies that are beneficial to society, particularly minority groups and young people. 

The resolution also describes Tsai as the first female president in Taiwan and the first president who is a descendant of Hakka and indigenous peoples. 

Tsai began her remark with condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in New York in Tuesday.

Tsai also mentioned the connections between the Chamorro people of Guam and the indigenous peoples in Taiwan, saying that the two “are very closely related” as research studies suggest. 

Referring to the common Austronesian origin indigenous peoples of Taiwan and Guam share, Tsai said “We look forward to working together to explore these roots.“

Eddie Calvo said in the welcome ceremony that “we look forward to working together with you and the people of Taiwan in fostering a relationship and building a future that is beneficial to all those in the region.”

Tsai’s visit was described by the governor’s office as a "private, unofficial visit,” reported Guamanian media. 

Stopping over in Guam for less than one day, Tsai and her delegation departed for Taiwan on November 4.