By: Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will
lead a delegation to Taiwan to attend a series of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) confirmed Wednesday.
AIT said in a press release that it has launched a year-long campaign called AIT@40, which celebrates 40 years of friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan since the signing of the TRA April 10, 1979.
When AIT opened its new office in Taipei last June, the U.S. decided to send Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, as Chinese officials lobbied the U.S. not to send a high-ranking official to Taipei to mark the occasion.
This year the level of officials Washington plans to send to Taiwan for AIT@40 has attracted much attention. [FULL STORY]