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New compound important symbol of U.S. commitment to Taiwan: AIT head

2018/06/11 17:33:48

The new AIT complex, photo courtesy of Taiwan Real Estate

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) James Moriarty, chairman of the board of trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), arrived in Taiwan on Sunday to attend the dedication ceremony of the AIT's new office complex in Taipei, which he described as "an important symbol" of U.S. commitment to Taiwan.

Moriarty is the latest addition to the American delegation to the ceremony, which also includes Marie Royce, assistant secretary of educational and cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State; and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper, a co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

In a policy he made in early May at Stanford University, Moriarty said, "As Chairman, I am looking forward this summer to the dedication of AIT's new, state-of-the-art office complex in Taipei. This magnificent facility will be an important symbol of U.S. commitment to Taiwan; of the close ties that link the people of the United States and Taiwan; and of the comprehensive, durable partnership that we have built together based on shared interests and the shared values of democracy and human rights."

It is Moriarty's fourth visit to Taiwan since his appointment as AIT chairman in October 2016, according to a statement issued by the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Apart from attending the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Moriarty will also meet with a number of senior political and business figures, including representatives of various sectors in Kaohsiung and Tainan, before his departure on Saturday, the AIT said.

The U.S. State Department said Sunday that the dedication of the new building in Taipei marks "a milestone that reflects the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan partnership."

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Royce are expected to give speeches at Tuesday's event, according to the AIT.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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