US senator in Taiwan to lend support

RESPONSIBILITY: Two US senators have introduced a bill aimed at developing a policy for the US to support Taiwan’s participation in international organizations

Taipei Times
Date: May 27, 2018
By: Aaron Tu, Yao Chieh-hsiu and Jake Chung  /  Staff Reporters, with Staff Writer, and CNA, Washington

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday evening met with US Senator Cory

US Senator Cory Gardner.  Photo: Tony Yao, Taipei Times

Gardner, who at the last minute added Taipei to his official tour of Asia to lend support to Taiwan amid China’s intensifying suppression of the nation’s international space.

Less than a month after the Dominican Republic cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Burkina Faso on Thursday announced that it was also severing ties with Taipei, bringing the number of the nation’s diplomatic allies to 18.

China and Burkina Faso yesterday signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations.

Gardner, who is chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, on the night before his departure from the US decided to include Taiwan in his tour of Asia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.    [FULL  STORY]

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