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Foreign minister to speak on Taiwan's role in Indo-Pacific

2019/03/06 14:09:22

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) / CNA file photo

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has been invited to speak in Los Angeles later this month on Taiwan's possible role in U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.

MOFA said Wu has accepted the invitation from the Los Angeles World Affairs Council (LAWAC) to speak at a luncheon March 11 under the title of "Taiwan: An Enduring Partner with the U.S. in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific."

According to LAWAC, Wu will discuss Taipei's leadership in calling for like-minded nations to work together to safeguard freedom and democracy.

He will also address Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, aimed at strengthening cooperation with key players in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand and discuss the history, importance, and future of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), enacted 40 years ago to maintain relations between Taiwan and the U.S. after then-President Jimmy Carter broke formal diplomatic ties with Taipei and recognized Beijing, according to the LAWAC.

Founded in 1954, LAWAC is the Los Angeles office within the national network of World Affairs Councils of America, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that arranges events with international themes.

Since that time, the council has hosted eight U.S. presidents and more than 250 heads of state and governments from around the world.

Former Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) also spoke in Los Angeles at the invitation of LAWAC in March 2013.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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