Berman Delegation Affirms United States and Taiwan Partnership, Discusses Regional Issues with Leadership

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[The following article appeared on the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs web site: Friday, August 21, 2009.]

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-CA) and a bipartisan congressional delegation met with high-level officials in Taiwan today as part of a visit to the region that has included Beijing and Seoul. The subjects of the group's meetings ranged from copyright piracy to combating the spread of nuclear weapons.

Delegation members expressed their condolences to the people of Taiwan in the wake of Typhoon Morakot.

  The loss of life and destruction of property from the typhoon have
  been devastating, Berman said. We stand in solidarity with the
  Taiwanese people as they undertake the painstaking process of
  recovery. And we stand ready to advocate further assistance for the
  recovery process from the United States.

The delegation met with President Ma Ying-jeou, National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou, Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-Pyng, and Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chair Tsai Ing-wen to discuss relations between Washington and Taipei.

  The United States and Taiwan share an enduring partnership based on
  common values and interests, including democracy and safeguarding
  peace and security in the region, Berman said. …