President Tsai receives US senators and talks up links between countries

The president expressed her thanks to the US for its support and promised Taiwan would contribute more to the international community

Senator Chris Coons (left) and President Tsai Ing-wen (right)

Senator Chris Coons (left) and President Tsai Ing-wen (right) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with a congressional delegation from the United States led by senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan on Sunday (April 28) at the Presidential Office.

Tsai told Coons and Hassan that a strong U.S.-Taiwan relationship is essential to regional peace and stability. She also thanked the U.S. government for strengthening military cooperation with arms sales to Taiwan.

Tsai pointed out that Taiwan is ready and willing to contribute more to the international community. She welcomed the two senators, who are first-time visitors to Taiwan.

She also thanked Coons and two other senators for introducing the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019 bill. This bill supports Taiwan’s international participation and comprises a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries.

Senator Coons said in his remarks that his visit to Taiwan is intended to deepen the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which has been in effect for 40 years, according to the Presidential Office press release. Coons added he looks forward to further discussions on intellectual property, U.S.-Taiwan economic development, and regional security.

Senator Maggie Hassan said this was her first time to visit East Asia, and Taipei is her last stop during the trip. She stated the visit was especially important considering the TRA is marking its 40th anniversary.