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U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee chief to attend Ma's inauguration

2012/04/26 12:30:16

Washington, April 25 (CNA) A delegation of U.S. congressional members headed by the chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will travel to Taiwan aboard a charter flight to attend President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration to his second term next month, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Wednesday.

The delegation, comprising both Democrats and Republicans from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will be headed by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jason Yuan said, adding that it will be the first time since 1996 that a Foreign Affairs Committee chair has attended a presidential inauguration in Taiwan.

Representative Dan Burton, a former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, confirmed that he will also be part of the delegation.

According to Yuan, the White House will soon announce a list of its own delegates. Although the U.S. government is unlikely to send any incumbent officials to the event, he said the delegates will be people with close connections to President Barack Obama.

In 2008, then-U.S. President George W. Bush assigned a five-member delegation led by former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card to Ma's first inauguration.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)