Tsai meets Azar at Presidential Office

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Taipei Times
Date:  Aug 11, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen, right, talks with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, left, yesterday at the Presidential Office in Taipei.
Photo: EPA-EFE / Presidential Office handout

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday met with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in the highest-level official meeting between the two nations since 1979.

“It is a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from [US] President [Donald] Trump to Taiwan,” Azar said during the open portion of his courtesy call to the Presidential Office, which was streamed live online before Tsai and Azar held a closed-door meeting.

“Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture,” Azar said.

The US has expressed its admiration for Taiwan’s democratic success in tangible ways, such as signing legislation to strengthen the bilateral partnership and opening a new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) complex in Taipei in 2018, Azar said.    [FULL  STORY]

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