Radio Taiwan International
A top US APEC official, Matthew J. Matthews, arrived in Taiwan on Monday. He will visit
government agencies and business leaders to discuss regional trade and economic issues. Matthews is also the United States’ Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry says that Matthews’ visit will help strengthen economic ties between the US and Taiwan. This is Matthews 5th visit to Taiwan since 2015 when he became Senior Official for APEC.
Matthews has a previous connection to Taiwan, serving as deputy chief of the Economics Office at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) from 1998-2001. During his time at AIT, which is the de facto US embassy in the absence of official ties, Matthews focused on expanding market access for US financial firms.