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Congressmen's Taiwan visit part of larger visit to Indo-Pacific: AIT

03/28/2024 11:37 AM
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President Tsai Ing-wen (right) shakes hands with U.S. congressman Jack Bergman at the Presidential Office Thursday. CNA photo March 28, 2024
President Tsai Ing-wen (right) shakes hands with U.S. congressman Jack Bergman at the Presidential Office Thursday. CNA photo March 28, 2024

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) A United States congressional delegation's visit to Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday is part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a statement Thursday.

According to the AIT, the delegation is being led by Republican congressman Jack Bergman and includes Democratic congressmen Donald Norcross and Jimmy Panetta.

During their three-day visit, the delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, and other significant issues of mutual interest, the AIT said.

Bergman currently chairs the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, with Panetta serving as a member, while Norcross serves as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement Wednesday, the delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), President-elect Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴).

The visiting delegation is the second bipartisan delegation of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations to visit Taiwan, after the one led by then Vice Chairman Stephanie Murphy in 2022, the ministry said.

In the statement, the ministry extended its warm welcome to the delegation, adding that the visit shows high support for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation.

(By Henry Wu and Bernadette Hsiao)

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