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MOFA supports visits by local government heads to U.S.

2019/03/06 21:11:23

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦)

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday that it supports visits to the United States by Taiwan's municipal leaders, regardless of their political affiliation, as such exchanges will help promote greater bilateral cooperation and a better understanding of Taiwan's policies.

For example, the current visit to the United States by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) will help build links between cities in Taiwan and the U.S. and develop exchanges between the people of both countries, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

Cheng is leading a delegation on a 12-day trip to the U.S., which includes visits to Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. as well as to the Hudson Institute and other think tanks, according to Lee.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦, right)

MOFA promotes and supports such exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S., regardless of the political affiliation of the Taiwan city mayors and county magistrates, and will continue to provide assistance to them to visit the U.S., Lee said.

However, Cheng's visits to federal government departments in the U.S. were planned by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), he said, adding that MOFA is not in a position to comment on the specific details.

AIT, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan, on Tuesday posted photos of Cheng during a meeting with U.S. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Hanscom Smith in Washington, D.C. discussing "ways to further promote the extensive, close, and friendly commercial and cultural relations between the United States and Taiwan."

Meanwhile, other Taiwan local government heads are also scheduled to visit the U.S. soon, including Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) March 8-18 and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) March 16-24.

(By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
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