Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) will depart Taiwan on Tuesday on a two-week trip to the United States, his first overseas trip since stepping down on May 20.
Wu was invited to attend the annual meeting of the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America in Boston scheduled for Sept. 23 to 25 and give a keynote speech at the event on Sept. 24, according to Wu's office.
The former vice president will be accompanied by his wife Tsai Ling-yi (???) on the trip, which concludes on Oct. 6.
During his stay in the U.S., Wu will tour the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science in Connecticut on Sept. 23, and deliver his speech at the Taiwan Benevolent Association the following day, Wu's office said.
On Sept. 27, Wu will visit Coban Technologies, Inc. in Houston, an awarding winning company established by Taiwanese business people.
He will tour the Texas factory of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Corp. on Sept. 28, and visit the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston on Sept. 29.
After his tour of Texas, Wu will head to San Francisco and then Los Angeles, from which he will fly back to Taiwan.
Wu's overseas trip was given the green light by the Presidential Office on Sept. 2 based on the Classified National Security Information Protection Act and regulations regarding control of personnel involved with classified information leaving the country.
Under the act, which was introduced in 2003, former presidents, premiers and government ministers with classified status are required to gain government approval for overseas travel up to three years after leaving office.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel