TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Spokesperson Amanda Mansour (孟雨荷) recently paid a trip to Kinmen, during which she emphasized the friendship between Taiwan and the U.S.
The spokesperson of the de facto American embassy traveled to the outlying island county last week, making stops at a host of tourist attractions and the Kinmen Defense Command. She also delivered a speech at National Quemoy University, reported CNA.
She spoke about AIT's role in promoting bilateral exchanges in culture, economics, education, and security cooperation. During the Q&A session, Mansour assured attendees that the U.S.-Taiwan bond, forged over many years, will not change from one administration to the next.
In a series of Facebook posts, Mansour shared her adventures in the Taiwanese islands, which served as a fortress in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1958 and withstood shelling from China. “Kinmen is the backdrop of many years of fascinating U.S.-Taiwan cooperation,” she said.
Mansour expressed her amazement at the traditional Fujianese architecture and war relics she saw. She also spoke of the insight she gained into American assistance in Taiwan’s defense at the Guningtou Battle Museum and the August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum.
During a visit to a peanut factory, she observed that peanuts are popular in Kinmen as well as in the United States.
AIT Spokesperson Amanda Mansour in Kinmen (Facebook, AIT photos)