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British delegation visits Taiwan to discuss security issues

2019/08/11 16:01:02

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Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Peter Derek Truscott, a member of Britain's House of Lords, arrived in Taiwan on Saturday as part of a seven- person delegation for a week-long visit focusing on issues related to security and defense.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) statement on Sunday, the delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維), and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

It will also meet with officials from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), which handles Taiwan's relations with China.

"Lord Truscott and his delegation hope to exchange views with our government officials and think-tank research fellows regarding regional developments in East Asia and issues on foreign affairs, military and cyberspace security," the MOFA said.

With Truscott are Jim Murphy, former member of the British parliament; Ian Bond, director of foreign policy of the Centre for European Reform (CER); and Charlie Parton, senior associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Other members of the delegation include BBC foreign correspondent and South China Sea issues expert Humphrey Hawksley, Henry Jackson Society Director of Global Britain Programme James Rogers, and International Institute for Strategic Studies research fellow Lucie Béraud-Sudreau.

(By Emerson Lim)