Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) applauded today’s House passage of the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535) – which encourages visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels – and H.R. 3320 – which counters the harmful and unacceptable efforts being made to undermine Taiwan’s inclusion at the World Health Organization. The two bills strengthen the critical U.S.-Taiwan partnership. 

On passage of the Taiwan measures, Chairman Royce said: “The U.S. and Taiwan share a commitment to democracy, rule of law and human rights, and Taiwan’s successes serve as an example of what can be built based on these principles. We should be supporting countries that have achieved democracy to serve as inspiration for these values across the Asia Pacific.

“That is why, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have worked hard to build stronger ties in our relationship with Taiwan. I applaud the House in passing two bills today that send a strong message of support to our friend and partner, Taiwan.”

NOTE: Last year, Chairman Royce led a bipartisan delegation to Taiwan, where he was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon for his outstanding contributions to Taiwan’s development.