President to discuss foreign relations with U.S. scholars, lawmaker
Central News Agency
2014-04-07 01:07 PM
Taipei, April 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will participate in a video conference hosted by a Washington-based think tank later this week to discuss Taiwan-U.S. ties and other issues with American scholars and a lawmaker, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the April 9 video conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Ma will deliver a speech on Taipei-Washington relations and Taiwan's role in the Asian region's security and economy, the ministry said in a statement. John Hamre, president and CEO of the CSIS, will make the introductory remarks at the conference, while Ma's speech will be followed by a question-and-answer session, the foreign ministry said. U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. deputy secretary of defense and now a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will also take part in the discussion, according to information on CSIS's website. Christopher Johnson, senior adviser and freeman Chair in CSIS's China Studies, will be the moderator, it said. The video conference will be broadcast live on the websites of CSIS, Taiwan's Presidential Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference is part of a series of events to mark the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a key basis for the development of the ties between Taipei and Washington. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have held hearings on the TRA and U.S. policy on Taiwan in the run-up to the anniversary. The TRA was enacted on April 10, 1979 to maintain commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the U.S. and Taiwan, after Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. (By Elaine Hou)
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