US lawmakers visit Taiwan Air Force base, meet Minister of Defense

Four Congressional Representatives met with Minister of Defense Yen Teh-Fa on Tuesday

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Taiwan Air Force Command, Taipei

Taiwan Air Force Command, Taipei (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) a delegation of U.S. lawmakers is visiting Taiwan this week.

On Tuesday, April 16, four U.S. Congressional representatives visited an unnamed Air Force base and held a meeting with the Minister of Defense, Yen Teh-Fa (嚴德發) in order to better understand the country’s state of military preparedness and the threat Taiwan faces across the strait.

The delegation included Rep. Hank Johnson from Georgia, Rep. Don Bacon from Nebraska, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson from Texas, and Salud Carbajal from California.

The Ministry of National Defense confirmed the visit and meeting between defense officials and the law makers, reports Upmedia.

The delegation also met earlier in the day with President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and also toured the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) facility in Neihu, Taipei on Monday, reports Liberty Times.

Rep. Johnson called the new AIT facility a strong symbol of the long-lasting friendship between Taiwan and the United States. He also said that he is honored to visit Taiwan on the important occasion of the TRA’s 40th anniversary.

Rep. Bacon likewise touted the important relationship between the two countries, and pledged that the U.S. lawmakers from both parties would continue to support Taiwan in its struggle to protect the free, democratic and prosperous society in Taiwan, which Bacon called an example for Asia and the entire world.

The four members also attended the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue, which was held in Taipei on the morning of Tuesday, April 16.