US congressional delegation headed by senator to visit

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jan 08, 2013 - Page 3

US Senator James Inhofe was scheduled to arrive in Taiwan today to lead a congressional delegation on a two-day visit, the American Institute in Taiwan said.

The visit is part of “a larger visit to Asia and Africa to discuss security, trade and foreign relations issues,” the insitute said in a statement.

Inhofe is a Republican and a co-chair of the US Congressional Taiwan Caucus. The senator is also a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.

He was also recently elected by Republican Senate Armed Services Committee members to be the panel’s new ranking member.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Inhofe would be accompanied by Senator John Boozman and US representatives Steve Pearce, Vern Buchanan and Erik Paulsen, all of whom are Republicans.

The ministry said the delegation would arrive on a US military plane.

The delegation is to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), National Security Council Secretary-General Jason Yuan (袁健生) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).