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President honors pro-Taiwan U.S. congressman

2018/06/12 18:18:54

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Gregg Harper

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday honored U.S. Representative Gregg Harper, a co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, for his contributions to Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Tsai conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon on Harper and said that Taiwan is fortunate to have the support of many good friends in the U.S. Congress and that Harper is one of Taiwan's best friends.

Harper has extended his support for several Taiwan-friendly bills during his term in Congress and for promoting Taiwan's international participation, Tsai said, adding that the Taiwan Travel Act that was signed into law March 16 is a testament to the strength of Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Tsai said that although Harper is set to retire at the end of this year, she believes he will maintain his enthusiasm for promoting Taiwan-U.S. relations and will encourage other new members in the House to support Taiwan and the shared values of democracy and freedom between Taiwan and the United States.

In turn, Harper thanked Tsai for decorating him, saying that the honor further demonstrates U.S. commitment to bolstering friendship with Taiwan, while the dedication of the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound earlier Tuesday again shows the strong support for Taiwan from the U.S.

Harper also said the enactment of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages visits between government officials of the U.S. and Taiwan at all levels, is also a symbol of the U.S. Congress' support for Taiwan.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)