Taiwan's presence at SelectUSA reflects close ties: U.S. official

06/21/2018 08:09 PM
Image taken from Pixabay
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Washington, June 20 (CNA) The participation of Taiwan at the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit demonstrates the close economic and trade relations between the two countries, said Laura Stone, acting deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State.

Stone made the remarks when approached by reporters at a reception for the summit on June 20, the first day of the three-day event, in Washington.

According to a press release from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) earlier this week, the 120-member Taiwanese delegation represents 60 companies from across Taiwan, including advanced manufacturing, petrochemical, steel, information, communication and telecommunication, biotechnology, banking, mechanics, aerospace and franchising industries.

Stone also noted that in the past year much had been done to advance the relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan, citing as examples the recent opening of AIT's new office and Taiwan becoming the 3rd location in East Asia whose passports are eligible for Global Entry, a program for expedited entry into the U.S.

John Norris, managing director of AIT, said he was happy to see Taiwan send the largest-ever delegation to the summit which he believes will further enhance the already solid economic and trade relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中), who heads the delegation, said the trip will help participants make connections, better understand incentives offered by different states in the U.S., and explore investment opportunities, as they develop their strategies for global deployment and adapt to the changing international environment.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Shih Hsiu-chuan)


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