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Chairman Royce receives Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon

Taipei, Taiwan – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement after meeting today with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who awarded him the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon:

“I am honored to receive the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon and view it as a symbol of the special bonds between the U.S. and Taiwan. I want to thank President Tsai for receiving me today, and for her commitment to making the partnership between our two peoples even stronger – a commitment I share. Taiwan is one of our most important friends in the Asia Pacific region, and our partnership is anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values.

“As a free and democratic society, Taiwan is an example to its neighbors in the Asia Pacific. Its economy is diverse and growing, which means there is great potential for increased economic ties. The United States will remain steadfast in its commitments to Taiwan’s security. The Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances make it clear that a stable, free, and prosperous Taiwan is in America’s national security interests.”

Note: The Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon is awarded for outstanding contributions to Taiwan’s development. Chairman Royce previously received the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in 2015.

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