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Taiwan DPP chair arrives Washington D.C. to meet U.S. officials

A file photo of Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. Tsai arrived at Washington D.C. on May 4 and is expected to meet U.S. government...

A file photo of Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. Tsai arrived at Washington D.C. on May 4 and is expected to meet U.S. government...

(Taiwan News) – Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived at Washington D.C. on Monday evening local time. She is expected to meet U.S. government officials, congressmen, cross-strait experts and give a speech in the George Washington University on Wednesday.

Tsai is slated to attend a series of close-door sessions and seminars with the company of Mike Fonte, DPP’s contact person in the U.S. capital, starting Tuesday morning. Tsai will join discussion with think tank experts.

Sources said that Tsai’s trip aimed to have officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration understand DPP’s cross-strait guidelines and explain the policy differences between the opposition DPP and president Ma Ying-jeou.

The only public event Tsai will attend is an address she’s going to make on “direction of cross-strait relation” in the George Washington University at 10:30 am on May 6.

In contrast to major feasts or fund-raising dinner parties usually held in Washington D.C. during the visit of DPP leader, Tsai kept low-profile this time and her staff members did not organize any public gatherings. One of her members said Tsai focused the visit on discussions about Taiwan’s current situation with U.S. officials and Taiwan experts, instead of election campaigning.

Tsai will pay a visit to congress members and senators to express gratitude to U.S. Congress’s support and attention to Taiwan’s democracy and human rights situation.

Tsai plans to head for Houston, continuing her visit in several U.S. cities, on the morning of May 8.

by Taiwan News, Staff Writer


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:15 GMT+08:00