Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said she would share her views on Taiwan’s economic development during her upcoming visit to the US.
The US has been paying close attention to Taiwan’s economic development and would like to know what strategies the DPP has to boost economic growth, Tsai said.
The US is also looking to see whether Taiwan is well-positioned to compete globally and expand economically, as well as whether it can maintain its economic independence, Tsai added.
The DPP yesterday unveiled Tsai’s itinerary, which covers six cities in 12 days in visits with government officials, legislators and overseas Taiwanese, said James Huang (黃志芳), head of the party’s international affairs division.
Describing the goal of the trip as having Tsai share her vision of Taiwan’s future with the international community, Huang said Tsai would leave for San Francisco on May 29 to meet with Taiwanese the following day.
Tsai is then to head to Chicago on May 31 to meet with Taiwanese students studying in the US, before heading to Washington to meet with US officials on June 2.
She is to give a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the US capital on June 3 before attending a reception at Capitol Hill.
On June 5 and 6, Tsai is meeting with overseas Taiwanese in New York and Houston before visiting businesses in San Francisco on June 8, Huang said.
Tsai is to lead a delegation of 18 party members on the trip, including DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), one of the conveners of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee, Huang added.
Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is scheduled to speak in the US via a teleconference on the same day Tsai is to give a speech at the CSIS, according to the Web site of the University of California at Los Angeles Asia Institute.
The institute said on its Web site that Ma would address Taiwan’s relations with the US, Japan and China from 5:30pm to 8pm on June 2, followed by a discussion moderated by the institute’s director.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan