Radio Taiwan International
President Tsai Ing-wen has awarded US congressman Ed Royce for his role in helping
promote ties between Taipei and Washington.
The Republican congressman from California is chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. At a ceremony on Friday, the president awarded Royce the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon.
Tsai said Royce has been pushing for major bills that are friendly to Taiwan since he became chair in January 2013. The bills include the sale of Perry-class frigates to Taiwan, and the reassertion of the Taiwan Relations Act as the cornerstone of bilateral ties, among others.
Tsai said Royce has also given his support for Taiwan’s bid to join international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization. [FULL STORY]