U.S. congressman to receive honorary medal from Taiwan

Taipei, United States Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will receive an honorary medal in Taiwan on Tuesday in recognition of his contributions to promoting Taiwan-U.S. relations.

The visit by Royce, who is in his final year as head of the Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, showed his great support for Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (???) told CNA.

The 13-term Republican representative from California announced in January that he will not run for re-election in mid-term elections this year in his Orange County district.

Royce did not give any reason for the decision, but he was the 35th House Republican to announce plans leave Congress ahead of an election that is sizing up as a difficult one for the party.

Royce has been one of the leading voices behind several pieces of legislation to enhance bilateral ties between the U.S. and Taiwan, the latest being the Taiwan Travel Act aimed at promoting visits of high-ranking officials between the two sides.

When he visits Taiwan's Legislature on Tuesday, Royce will be awarded a Congressional Honorary Medal of the Legislative Yuan by Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???).

He will also participate in a discussion with lawmakers on the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

Royce is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan late Monday on China Airlines' inaugural return flight from Ontario International Airport in California to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

China Airlines on Sunday launched nonstop service between the two airports in a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel