U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today spoke with students from the Formosa Foundation in Taiwan about the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and key issues facing both countries. Ros-Lehtinen concluded her visit to Taiwan with meetings with Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Lin Sheng-chung, Legislative Yuan President (Speaker) Wang Jin-pyng, and representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. Ros-Lehtinen is leading a Congressional delegation which also includes U.S. Reps. Dan Burton (R-IN), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Brad Miller (D-NC) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"One of my favorite things that I get to do in my job is to meet with students to hear what they think about the key issues of the day. Meeting this morning with students from the Formosa Foundation was a wonderful way to conclude our delegation's trip to Taiwan. The students' passion and knowledge of their country and of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship was very impressive, and it is these young people who will be making the big decisions facing Taiwan down the road.
"I was also very pleased to meet with representatives from the American business community, who remind us how important the U.S.-Taiwan economic partnership is to our country. While that relationship is strong and growing, it is not all that it could be. I was happy to relay the concerns of the Chamber representatives, including restrictions on the import of U.S. beef, to Deputy Minister Lin and Speaker Wang when we met today. Continuing to break down barriers and expand our economic partnership will create jobs and grow the economies in the U.S. and in Taiwan.