US lawmakers call to rename TECRO

‘ENDURING CHANGES’: The US representatives also urged the US Department of State to lift ‘self-imposed guidelines’ restricting bilateral relations between the US and Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 19, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

A sign outside the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington is pictured on Nov. 25.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

A joint letter by 78 US lawmakers calls on the US government to change the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington to the “Taiwan Representative Office” and start talks toward a free-trade agreement.

Dated Thursday, the letter addressing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was signed by US representatives Michael McCaul, Steve Chabot and other Republicans.

Following the Nov. 3 election, US Democrats would hold 222 of the US House of Representatives’ 435 seats, compared with the Republicans’ 211.

“The use of the word ‘Taipei’ fails to accurately reflect the strong ties the United States has not only with national-level government officials in Taiwan’s capital city, but with many subnational governments as well as the people of Taiwan,” the letter says.

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