Pro-Taiwan congressman visits Taiwan for AIT compound dedication

Taipei, U.S. Representative Gregg Harper, a co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, traveling at the head of a three- member delegation, is visiting Taiwan June 10-12 to attend a dedication ceremony for the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound slated for June 12, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement issued Sunday.

This is Harper's first visit to Taiwan since he took over the co-chairmanship in 2015. During his visit, he will call on high-ranking economic and political officials and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) to exchange views on Taiwan-U.S. security, economic and trade cooperation and cross-Taiwan Strait relations, according to MOFA.

The AIT is a non-profit, private corporation established based on the Taiwan Relations Act that was signed into law April 10, 1979 as the cornerstone of relations between Taiwan and the United States shortly after the U.S. government changed its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing Jan. 1, 1979, according to the statement.

Harper's visit will allow him to witness a milestone in longstanding Taiwan-U.S. relations, while highlighting the longstanding support from the U.S. Congress for Taiwan, according to MOFA.

Describing Harper as an important friend of Taiwan in the U.S. Congress, MOFA said he has been proactively helping to push pro-Taiwan proposals through the Congress, including signing a petition to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to ask that Taiwan be allowed to participate as an observer in this year's World Health Assembly.

Last year, Harper also signed a petition and voted in support of the enactment of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages visits between government officials of the United States and Taiwan at all levels. He also traveled to Miami to greet President Tsai Ing-wen (???) when she transited through the city on her first overseas visit in June 2016.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel