“This is long overdue and needed,” says Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the president signed into law the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535). Championed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), the bipartisan legislation encourages visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels. 

Chairman Royce on the Taiwan Travel Act becoming law: “The U.S.-Taiwan partnership is critical to U.S. interests in the region. Yet, as our tenth largest trading partner and a close friend on many issues such as global health, Taiwan’s leaders face tremendous and unnecessary obstacles when they travel to the U.S. This important law changes that by encouraging more visits between our two governments – including at the highest levels. This is long overdue and needed.

“The United States and Taiwan share a commitment to democracy, rule of law and human rights. Taiwan’s successes serve as an example of what can be built based on these principles. We should be supporting partners who have achieved democracy – they can inspire others across the region.” 

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