President meets U.S. senator

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) met with U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) at the Presidential Office Friday and thanked him for visiting Taiwan in a show of support for the country.

"More and more good friends are extending support to us at a time when Taiwan is facing growing challenges in the international community," Tsai said, expressing appreciation for Perdue's visit to Taiwan and his long-time backing for the country.

"The international order jointly enjoyed by Taiwan and the United States has encountered traditional and non-traditional challenges. Taiwan, the U.S. and other like-minded countries should stand up to protect the democratic values that they share," Tsai said.

She thanked the U.S. for its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances, and hailed U.S. announcements that it will continue to sell arms to Taiwan and to approve U.S. defense contractors to supply Taiwan with the technology and parts it needs to build submarines.

"All these moves are a demonstration of the U.S. determination to safeguard peace in the region and to support its partners in the Asia-Pacific region," Tsai said.

In additional to military exchanges, she told Perdue that Taiwan is also seeking to deepen its trade and economic links with the U.S., evident in that Taiwan will send a large delegation to the U.S. in late June to attend an investment summit.

Tsai urged Perdue to continue backing the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries.

Perdue reiterated the continued commitment of the U.S. to the TRA, saying that the U.S. has always believed that peace must be maintained around the world. The U.S. thanks Taiwan for its long-standing support of the U.S. and its contribution to the region, he added.

According to Perdue, his visit to Taiwan was made to gain a better understanding of Taiwan's economic, cultural and military development as the two countries are facing similar challenges such as an aging society and a growing number of retirees.

Perdue, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is a longtime supporter of Taiwan who firmly backs Taiwan's participation in world bodies such as Interpol and the World Health Assembly, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also voted in favor of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, which includes several pro-Taiwan provisions, the ministry said.

Perdue, who arrived in Taipei Friday, was scheduled to leave Taiwan later that day.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel