Congressman Carter on Visit to Taiwan
November 5, 2013
Co-Chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, Congressman John Carter (R-TX) was on a 5-day visit in Taiwan to better understand the issues surrounding Taiwan's relations with China and the United States in early November. Representative Carter and his Legislative Director Steve Gilleland met with President Ma during his visit, where Ma praised the strength of Taiwan-U.S. relations, including Taiwan's admission in the U.S. Visa-Waiver Program, the resumption of talks under the Taiwan-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and recent Congressional support for Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), of which Congressman Carter was a strong supporter.
Carter has been a strong supporter of Taiwan. In remarks at the House of Representatives in September, Carter emphasized that long friendship and strong trading partnership between Taiwan and the United States. On investment, he stated that "Taiwan has proven to be a valuable trading partner to the United States and it is time to formalize the U.S.-Taiwan trading relationship through a Bilateral Investment Agreement with Taiwan," Carter also encouraged Congressional support in Taiwan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), "Taiwan is a trusted trading partner and an economic leader; their inclusion [into the TPP] would bring credibility to the partnership."