Menendez Supports Taiwan on his Visit as Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) visited Taiwan in August 2013 on his first trip to Asia as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Menendez is also the Chairman of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, and is a strong supporter of Taiwan. He was a key champion in passing a bill this past June that pushes for Taiwan's observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as well as other bills that support Taiwan's self-defense by selling Taiwan F-16 fighter jets.

During his visit Senator Menendez spoke at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and discussed Taiwan's role in the global economy as Washington shifts toward Asia. "I support discussions between the United States and Taiwan on a bilateral investment agreement and I have conveyed my strong support to the U.S. trade representative," he said during his speech titled The Future of US-Taiwan Relations. "I also support Taiwan’s future accession efforts in a TPP, provided that Taiwan is willing to support a high-standard, comprehensive agreement that addresses many issues, including labor and environment, currency manipulation and intellectual property rights as critical elements of it.” TPP, or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is a comprehensive, high-standard trade agreement that is undergoing negotiations between 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States.

During his three-day visit, the Senator also met with Premier Jiang Yi-huah the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, Speaker Wang Jin-pyng.