President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived in Los Angeles shortly after noon on Sunday for a stopover en route to Paraguay, where she was greeted at the airport by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty and a large crowd of Taiwanese expatriates.
Arriving at her hotel, she was greeted by about 1,200 expatriates and she encouraged them to invest in Taiwan, saying the nation’s economy is improving.
The period of shrinking foreign investment in Taiwan is over and private-sector investment is expected to top NT$3 trillion (US$97.4 billion) for the first time, she said, adding that major US high-tech companies such as Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems and Google have decided to expand their presence in artificial intelligence and cloud computing in Taiwan.
Unlike previous US transit visits by her predecessors that tended to be low-profile affairs, Tsai’s itinerary was released ahead of time, and her first official stop was at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s (TECO) Culture Center.
Tsai’s tour of the center was the first time the nation’s president inspected one of the representative offices in the US.
During the tour, she urged young Taiwanese in the US to return to Taiwan to develop their careers.
“Don’t miss this once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity,” she told the hundreds of expatriates who had gathered at the center to see her.
Tsai urged them not only to explore development opportunities, but to visit rural areas as well.
“If you come back to Taiwan where there is ample capital and the market has been deregulated, we will help connect you to the local society,” she said.
As Tsai left the center, scores of Chinese expatriates demonstrated outside, shouting anti-Taiwanese independence slogans, coinciding with the flyover of a plane rented by Taiwanese Americans that towed a banner reading: “Taiwan is not part of China.”
Tsai later attended a gathering of about 1,000 expatriates organized by the Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.
During her stay in Log Angeles, Tsai was expected to meet with some senior US politicians, sources close to the president said.
The US stopover is being closely watched as it is the first since US President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act into law in March.
Tsai was scheduled to give a speech yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, her first public address in the US since she took office as president, before departing for Asuncion, where she is to attend tomorrow’s inauguration of Paraguayan president-elect Mario Abdo Benitez.
EFFICIENCY: The rules for Philippine arrivals were revised after 17.6% of arrivals with symptoms tested positive, compared with 0.7% of those with no symptoms Starting today, Chinese spouses who hold a reunion permit can apply to enter Taiwan and travelers without symptoms from the Philippines do not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but are to be tested after a 14-day quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that from today, Chinese who are married to a Taiwanese citizen and hold a reunion permit can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry into Taiwan. Chinese who are married to a foreign national and hold an accompanied reunion permit
PENGHU INSPECTION: Taiwan cannot let its enemies strut around in its airspace, Tsai said, one day after a Chinese spokesman denied a median line exists in the Taiwan Strait Following China’s assertion on Monday that there is no “median line” in the Taiwan Strait, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to defend the nation’s airspace during a visit to an air force base in Penghu, saying that Taiwan cannot allow others to flex their military muscle in its territorial airspace. Tsai praised the “heroic performance” of the pilots of the Indigenous Defense Fighters who have been intercepting Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes in recent days. “I have a lot of confidence in you. As soldiers of the Republic of China [ROC], how could we let enemies strut
CONSOLIDATION? Taiwan Thinktank deputy executive-general Doong Sy-chi said Beijing’s intimidation tactics are further alienating those who identify as Chinese Only 2 percent of respondents to a poll on constitutional amendments and national identity identified as Chinese, while 62.6 percent identified as Taiwanese, the Taiwan Thinktank said yesterday. Legislators have proposed amendments to the Additional Articles of the Constitution (憲法增修條文), which would change the definition of the nation’s territory, remove the Taiwan Provincial Government as an entity, prioritize the use of “Taiwan” for national groups at international events, and remove restrictions on defining the national emblem, national flag and national anthem. The poll showed that 80.5 percent of respondents agreed that the nation should participate as “Taiwan” at events organized by world
BALANCED DEVELOPMENT: TSMC chairman Mark Liu said the firm is committed to local investment: a third in the north, a third in the center, a third in the south Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, yesterday said that, based on its strategy of balancing capacity, it plans to make northern Taiwan its manufacturing hub for advanced technologies that go beyond 2 nanometers. “As the company is committed to investing in Taiwan, we try to deploy one-third [of our total production capacity] in the north and have one-third each in the center and south” of the nation, TSMC chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) told reporters on the sidelines of Semicon Taiwan’s Master Forum in Taipei. TSMC last year reached its goal of deploying capacity equally across those parts