By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to transit through the United States on her way to and back from Panama and Paraguay next month for her first overseas trip since taking office, reports said Saturday.
Since Taiwanese ally Panama invited her to attend the ceremony for the expansion of the Panama Canal on June 26, her Democratic Progressive Party already commented several times that she would consider an eventual trip.
One day after she was sworn in as president, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported that she was likely to depart on June 25 and pass through Miami on her way to Panama. After the ceremony, she would continue to Taiwan’s only ally in South America, Paraguay, and return via Los Angeles, the newspaper wrote, adding that the whole voyage would not last longer than one week.
The Presidential Office said Saturday that if there was any news, it would announce it, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had recommended the trip to Tsai because Panama was an important ally and the canal ceremony was an important event. [FULL STORY]