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Tsai arrives in Los Angeles, scheduled to give public address

2018/08/13 11:24:43

Los Angeles, Aug. 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday on a stopover en route to Paraguay and Belize, two of Taiwan's 18 diplomatic allies.

During the stopover, Tsai will give a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, her first public address in the United States since she took office as president.

On arrival in Los Angeles around 12:25 p.m., Tsai and her delegation were greeted by James Moriarty, Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

Tsai was scheduled to visit the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in El Monte on Sunday and later attend a gathering of some 1,000 Taiwanese expatriates, a party that was organized by the Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.

Now on her fifth trip overseas since she took office in 2016, Tsai is being accompanied by Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) and other government officials.

Their U.S. stopover is being closely watched as it is their first since U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act into law in March.

The Taiwan Travel Act encourages high-level U.S. officials to visit Taiwan and vice versa, which could lead to a change previous U.S. policy that restricted bilateral visits by Cabinet-level ministers but allowed Taiwanese presidents to transit through U.S. cities en route to other countries.

During her stay in Log Angeles, Tsai will meet with some U.S. political heavyweights, according to sources close to the president.

Tsai will depart Monday evening for Paraguay, where she will attend the inauguration of President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez on Wednesday.

During her three-day visit to the South American country, she will also hold talks with the president-elect and outgoing President Horacio Cartes, according to her itinerary.

On Tuesday, Tsai and Cartes will attend the opening of a technology university that was jointly established by their two countries and will witness the donation of Taiwan brand Acer tablet computers to the school.

On Thursday, Tsai will head to Belize for a three-day visit, during which she will be decorated by Governor-General Colville Young and will meet with Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

On the return leg of her nine-day trip, Tsai will make a 27-hour transit stop in the U.S. city of Houston on Aug. 18.

(By Yeh Su-ping, Elizabeth Hsu and Frances Huang)