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The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwan’s vice president-elect, Hsiao Bi-khim, visited Washington

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hsiao Bi-Khim, Taiwan’s vice president-elect, was in Washington this week for a low-profile visit.  Hsiao has been Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States since 2020 until last year before she joined the presidential race.   The Taiwan official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters that Hsiao arrived in the United States this week and will spend the next few days there on a "personal trip" that includes packing up her personal belongings.   However, Taiwan's presidential office and Hsiao's ruling Democratic Progressive Party refused to provide additional information regarding this private trip.  Hsiao will be sworn in as vice-president in May.

Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for Beijing’s embassy in Washington, said Beijing firmly opposed any visit by Hsiao to the US “in any name or under whatever pretext”, according to a Reuters report on Tuesday.   Liu called Hsiao a “diehard ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist” and said Washington should “not arrange any form of contact” between US government officials and Hsiao.   Hsiao was on the top of China’s black list and has been blacklisted and sanctioned twice by Beijing for “colluding with the US” and “provoking confrontation” between Taiwan and the mainland.   Hsiao’s mother, Peggy Cooley, is American.    Hsiao attended high school and colleges in the US.  She is a fluent English speaker, developed connections with a host of US officials, lawmakers and think tank scholars during her three years as Taiwan’s representative to the US, which ended in November when she joined Lai on the campaign trail.










Posted: March 15, 2024
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