Members of the US Republican Study Committee arrived in Taiwan on Monday for a five-day visit, during which they are to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other top officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Committee chairman US Representative Kevin Hern is leading the delegation composed of fellow US representatives Burgess Owens, Mike Flood, Mike Collins, Russell Fry and Keith Self, the ministry said in a news release.
Before departing on Friday, they are to meet with Tsai and Vice President William Lai (賴清德), as well as attend a banquet hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), it said.
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They are also to hold discussions with senior government officials and think tank experts to exchange views on topics of importance to Taiwan-US relations, the ministry added, offering its “sincere welcome” to the group.
The visiting lawmakers are all long-term supporters of Taiwan and have acted on that friendship, standing behind any number of US congressional initiatives in support of security, economic and cooperative engagement with Taiwan, it said.
As China continues to unilaterally raise regional tensions, visits by US lawmakers demonstrate their unwavering support for Taiwan, the ministry added.
The Republican Study Committee was founded in 1973 as a study group for conservatives in the US House of Representatives. It is now the largest ideological caucus in Congress with 175 members.
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