US House Asia chairman appointed

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 - Page 3

US Representative Steve Chabot has been appointed chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Committee Chairman Ed Royce.

Chabot, an Ohio Republican, is a leading member of the Taiwan Caucus and has a long history of supporting legislation that benefits Taipei.

“He has shown unwavering support for democracy and human rights in Taiwan,” Formosa Association for Public Affairs official Coen Blaauw said.

Chabot is also a strong advocate of granting parole to former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on medical grounds.

As chairman of the subcommittee he can call hearings or launch Congressional investigations into any aspect of US policy toward Taiwan.

He is expected to press US President Barack Obama’s administration to approve the sale of F-16C/D aircraft that Taiwan has been trying to buy for years.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee — comprised of 25 Republican and 21 Democratic members — will have six subcommittees during the new 113th Congress. When announcing the new subcommittee chairpersons, Royce said that the full committee would focus more on Asia this year.