Taipei, The de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan has officially closed its operations at its old downtown Taipei compound at Wednesday noon after a 40-year run in preparation for the grand opening of its new Neihu compound next Monday.
In a Facebook post, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said it officially bid farewell to its longtime home on Xinyi Road at Wednesday noon.
"From this location, AIT has worked tirelessly to enhance the U.S.-Taiwan partnership in all areas, from trade and investment to promotion of shared values, from security and law enforcement cooperation to education and sharing our cultural heritage," it said in the post.
The AIT, a private entity established in 1979 to manage U.S. relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, said the U.S. and Taiwan have accomplished a great deal over the past four decades from "a modest, leaky, old building."
"Think of what we can accomplish from our new, state-of-the-art facility in Neihu," it said.
"We are so proud of what we have achieved together over the past 40 years, and we look forward to the next 40 in our new home. See you in Neihu!"
The closing of its current facilities included not just its main office and consular section on Xinyi Road, but also the commercial section and the American Center at the International Trade Center, and the Agricultural Trade Office on Anhe Road, according to the AIT.
Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, all of its four current existing locations in Taipei will be unified under one roof at the new Neihu compound, located at No. 100, Jinhu Road in Taipei's Neihu District, it said.
For emergency American citizen services from May 1 to 5, one can call (02) 2162-2000.
To meet growing demand, AIT rented a site in Neihu from the Taipei City government for 99 years in 2004. The new office compound is on a 6.5-hectare hillside site within walking distance of the Neihu stop on Taipei MRT's Brown Line.
A dedication ceremony was held June 12, 2018 to unveil the nearly completed 14,934-square-meter, five-story complex, which cost approximately US$250 million to build.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel