US House Foreign Affairs Committee honors Taiwan president

President Tsai Ing-wen met with members of the U.S. Congress last week in New York

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President Tsai Ing-wen meet with the US Congress members in New York on July 12 (Source: Presidential Office)

President Tsai Ing-wen meet with the US Congress members in New York on July 12 (Source: Presidential Office)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. House’s foreign affairs committee posted about its members’ meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last week via social media, on Tuesday (July 16), reaffirming Congress’ support for the island nation.

Tsai met with U.S. senators and House representatives at a reception in New York on July 12. She was visiting the city for two nights before continuing her Caribbean tour.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee published a post via social media, welcoming “Taiwan President to NYC.”

“Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and indispensable partner in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. #Taiwan shares the values the U.S. cherishes the most: democracy, #humanrights, and freedom,” the post quoted Eliot Engel, the committee’s chairman, as saying.

The committee said it had passed two measures “to reaffirm America’s strong commitment to Taiwan and support the Taiwan Relations Act.” This comes at a time when China is ramping up pressure on the international community to isolate Taiwan.

The Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which envisions the normalization of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 7. So too did a resolution declaring the U.S. commitment to Taiwan and to implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act.

U.S. support for Taiwan will always be unwavering, the committee said. “The people of Taiwan will always have a friend in the U.S. Congress.”

“Our countries’ relationship is at its best in decades. But I believe the best is yet to come,” Tsai remarked at the reception last week.

Tsai also expressed gratitude to U.S. Congress members for their robust support for Taiwan’s security. “Together, we are achieving the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”