Los Angeles, CA – This evening, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) welcomed Taiwan’s President Tsai to Los Angeles, California. The visit is President Tsai’s first since the Taiwan Travel Act became law; championed by Chairman Royce, the law encourages visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels.

Chairman Royce on President Tsai’s visit: We’ve seen many positive developments in the U.S-Taiwan relationship this year, including the enactment of the Taiwan Travel Act. By encouraging more frequent visits between our two peoples and governments, we further strengthen the critical U.S.-Taiwan partnership. And so I am happy to welcome President Tsai to Los Angeles this evening.

“As a strong defender of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, I will continue working to make our partnership even stronger. A stable and prosperous Taiwan is good for the people of Taiwan, good for the stability of the Asia Pacific region and good for U.S. national security.” 

NOTE: The amount of people traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Taiwan has increased due to initiatives Chairman Royce championed – such as Taiwan’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver and Global Entry programs and China Airlines’ direct flights between California and Taiwan. Chairman Royce was on the inaugural China Airlines daily, non-stop flight from Ontario, California to Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan earlier this year.