Former Speaker of US House of Representatives meets Taiwan President

Paul Ryan’s visit evidences US government’s staunch support for Taiwan

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President Tsai provides a guided tour for former US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan (Photo/Office of the President)

President Tsai provides a guided tour for former US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan (Photo/Office of the President)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At a meeting with President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), on April 15, former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his hope to see strengthened ties between the United States and Taiwan, two countries which he believes share many common values.

This is the first time the former U.S. Congressional official Paul Ryan has visited Taiwan, where he will be attending events marking the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the founding of the American Institute in Taiwan. He is accompanying a delegation sent on behalf of the U.S. government, according to Office of the President.

In his remarks, Ryan touted the TRA as a bill passed with bipartisan support of the U.S. Congress that has stood the test of time. He looks forward to achieving what he calls a shared vision between the two countries of a free and open Indo-Pacific, through furthering cooperation in trade, law, and democracy.

On her part, President Tsai expressed her gratitude to the U.S. House of the Representatives for having approved many bills and resolutions demonstrating its commitment to supporting the island, including the Taiwan Travel Act, which was signed into law in March last year.

Prior to the meeting, Tsai provided a guided tour for the U.S. delegation to the exhibition celebrating the centenary of the Presidential building. The exhibition sheds light on the history of the building over the past century, from the Japanese colonial period, through the era of authoritarian rule, to the era witnessing the establishment of democracy in the country.


President Tsai provides a guided tour for former US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan (Photo/Office of the President)


President Tsai meets with former US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan (Photo/CNA)