US deputy assistant secretary of state visits Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs

Sandra Oudkirk also met President Tsai

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Sandra Oudkirk (left) visiting President Tsai Ing-wen Wednesday October 9.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Sandra Oudkirk (left) visiting President Tsai Ing-wen Wednesday October 9. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A senior official of the United States Department of State, Sandra Oudkirk, visited the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Tuesday (October 8) before meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and after attending the Yushan Forum.

Oudkirk’s is the senior official for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Earlier in her diplomatic career, she served at the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) Taipei office and as an economic counselor in Beijing.

Her visit is mainly focused on APEC and would help deepen practical economic and trade relations between Taiwan and the U.S., the MOEA said.

Topics for conversation at the ministry also included bilateral investment, the digital economy, energy, the aerospace sector, artificial intelligence and the return of Taiwanese investors from China amid its trade war with the U.S., CNA reported.

During her stay in Taiwan, Oudkirk named the island as a valuable partner in the Indo-Pacific which had made significant contributions to freedom and democracy.