Kaohsiung Mayor latest Taiwanese leader to meet with US government official

Chen Chu after meeting with Susan Thornton was called a 'defender of democracy' by the State Department's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau

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Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and U.S. State Dept. EAP Bureau asst. Sec. Susan Thornton. (From the EAP Bureau Twitter)

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and U.S. State Dept. EAP Bureau asst. Sec. Susan Thornton. (From the EAP Bureau Twitter)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Mayor of Kaohsiung Chen Chu (陳菊), currently visiting the United States to speak at a lecture event, was shown photographed with the assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, Susan Thornton.

The photograph was posted to the Bureau’s official twitter account and called Chen a “defender of democracy” and an “inspirational example of shared values between the US and Taiwan.”

Chen and Thornton met yesterday, March 22, to discuss major issues of economic cooperation between the United States and Taiwan.

According to Liberty Times, three items that were discussed between Chen and Thornton were Kaohsiung’s experience in urban planning and transformation, Taiwan’s experience of democratization, and they also discussed current cross-strait relations.

Following the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, the meeting between the Kaohsiung Mayor and the assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau is another visible signal of increasing cooperation and exchange between Taiwan and the United States.


(Image from State Dept. EAP Bureau Twitter)