CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS TIES: A ‘Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above’ DVD and gifts from former presidents as well as US officials were placed in a special time capsule
Date: Jun 13, 2018
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Taiwanese and US officials yesterday reiterated their commitment to strengthening
bilateral relations as they celebrated the dedication of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) new office compound in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖).
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) topped the list of Taiwanese guests, while US officials included US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Principal Deputy Director Ambassador William Moser, US Representative Gregg Harper, AIT Chairman James Moriarty and AIT Director Kin Moy.
Former AIT directors Richard Bush, Raymond Burghardt, William Stanton and Stephen Young also attended.
The compound represents much more than just steel, glass and concrete — it is a symbol of the strength and vibrancy of the Taiwan-US partnership in the 21st century, said Royce, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan since then-US assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs Charles Rivkin in 2015.