Taipei--A member of a legislative cross-party delegation that is visiting the United States has lauded its meeting with U.S. congressmen as fruitful, despite a tight schedule.
"The advantage of interaction between parliamentarians is that we can talk about everything. We don't have to avoid sensitive issues," Legislator Johnny Chiang (???) of the opposition Kuomintang wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
The issues Chiang mentioned in the post include the future of the U.S. "one China" policy, U.S. trade strategies and Taiwan-U.S. bilateral trade relations after the U.S. withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) last month, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and Taiwan's approach in the pursuit of national defense independence.
The lawmaker added that he found no matter where -- in the Senate or House of Representatives -- or who -- the Republicans or Democrats -- U.S. congresspeople mostly expressed their hope for closer cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. in the areas of trade, economy and security.
The American parliamentarians believe that without the TPP, Taiwan and the U.S. must handle their trade and economic relations via a one-to-one channel, Chiang went on.
Chiang and seven other lawmakers flew to the U.S. on Feb. 13 on a five-day visit to their counterparts there. The visit marks the first official contact between parliamentarians of the two countries since Donald Trump took office as U.S. president on Jan. 20.
Headed by Hsiao Bi-khim (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the delegation will visit Washington D.C. and New York before returning to Taiwan on Feb. 18.
DPP Legislator Wang Ding-yu (???), who is also a member of the delegation, wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday that the delegation met Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ted Yoho, chairman of the House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, in Washington on the second day of their trip.
The delegation talked with the two congressmen on issues concerning ways to boost Taiwan-U.S. links, Wang wrote.
The congressmen made some quite positive comments on issues related to Taiwan's wish to be one of the first economies to begin talks with the Trump administration on bilateral trade relations, the proposed Taiwan Travel Act, and Taiwan's bid for international participation, according to Wang.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel