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President Tsai receives US bipartisan congressional delegation

President Tsai Ing-wen received a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives at the Presidential Office April 24 in Taipei City, pledging to keep working with the U.S. and other partners to strengthen the democratic alliance for a more stable and prosperous world.
 
The group comprises Lisa McClain, secretary of the House Republican Conference and member of the Committee on Armed Services; Dan Kildee of the Democratic Party who serves on the Committee of Ways and Means; and Mark Alford of the Republican Party who is also on the armed services committee.
 
According to the president, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act. She added that expanding authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific means that Taiwan and the U.S. must work even closer to ensure peace and stability in the region.
 
Tsai thanked the current U.S. administration and Congress for the arms sales that bolster the country’s self-defense in line with the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, as well as the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, which will provide even more resources for initiatives supporting Taiwan.
 
Taiwan and the U.S. are important economic and trade partners, the president said. Following the signing of the first agreement under the Taiwan-U.S. Initiative on 21st Century Trade, the government looks forward to concluding the U.S.-Taiwan Expedited Double-Tax Relief Act as soon as possible to boost two-way investment and encourage more industrial cooperation.
 
The president also thanked the delegates, who are all members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, for their close attention to Taiwan-related issues and support of Taiwan’s global participation through legislation.
 
In response, McClain praised Tsai as a courageous and inspiring leader who has made a remarkable impact. Kildee said the purpose of this visit is to build on the strong partnership as the two sides move forward to face challenges ahead, while Alford said the two sides must stand united against the forces of aggression and promote freedom and democracy in the Indo-Pacific. (SFC-E)
 
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