Thu, Mar 14, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Trong Chai elected head of ROC-US association


Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) of the DPP was elected president of the ROC-US Parliamentary Amity Association Wednesday, a group comprising 120 lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties.

The association elected Chai to succeed Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who lost his re-election bid in the Dec. 1, 2001 legislative elections.

At the meeting in which the elections were held, association members also adopted a resolution allowing the three main opposition parties -- the KMT, the People First Party (PFP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) -- to recommend one of its legislators as new vice president of the association.

The TSU recommended Legislator at Large Wu Tung-sheng (吳東昇), while the KMT and PFP had yet to nominate candidates.

In addition, Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) and Parris Chang (張旭成), both DPP lawmakers representing the overseas Chinese community, were nominated as spokeswoman and secretary-general, respectively, of the association, while PFP Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄) was elected finance chief.

Following his election, Chai said that he will do all that he can to increase official exchanges between Taiwan and the US.

Chai said that he is scheduled to lead a delegation on April 10 to attend an inauguration ceremony of the US-ROC Parliamentary Amity Association set up by the US House of Representatives.

Chai, a promoter of the establishment of the Formosan Association of Public Affairs in the US, voiced the hope that the formation of the two associations will help boost substantive relations between Taipei and Washington.

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