California State Assembly members visit Taiwan to promote ties
Central News Agency
2013-03-24 07:51 PM
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) A delegation of the California State Assembly is visiting Taiwan to promote bilateral exchanges in trade and culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday. During its March 23-29 trip, the delegation is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and call on officials at the ministries of foreign and economic affairs. It will also visit the Taipei city government and the Tainan city government, the Foreign Ministry said. "The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties in trade and culture," said Bruce Linghu, director-general of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs. Issues to be discussed include topics in the areas of agriculture and electronic products, he said, adding that California has close trade relations with Taiwan. The nine-member delegation from across party lines includes Connie Conway, leader of the California State Assembly Republican Caucus, and Susan Bonilla of the Democratic Party, who was born in Taiwan and stayed here in her childhood, Linghu added. Taiwan is California's sixth-largest trading partner and a major importer of Californian agricultural products, according to the ministry. Taipei has sister city ties with the Californian cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, while Tainan is a sister city of San Jose. (By Elaine Hou)
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