US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (趙小蘭) said recently that she would continue to work to cement US ties with Taiwan and China after she retires from her post early next year.
The 55-year-old Taiwan-born Chao said she would like to visit Taiwan sometime after her retirement next month, when US President George W. Bush’s term ends.
Chao will be the only Cabinet member to have served through all eight years of Bush’s presidency.
Chao also served as deputy transportation secretary under the administration of the first president George Bush.
Chao made the remarks after a ceremony in Flushing, New York, where her father, James Chao, who has been running a shipping and trading business in New York since the 1960s, was granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Leadership Foundation.
Elaine Chao, who was awarded the same award several years ago, said that she would continue to support the work of the foundation.
Elaine Chao, who is married to Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1993.
She is a former president of United Way, one of the largest charitable organizations in the US, and has also served as director of the US Peace Corps.