McCain Leads Delegation to Taiwan

June 5, 2016

Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, led a Congressional delegation to Taiwan on June 5, 2016 to discuss issues of mutual interest to the United States and Taiwan.

Senator McCain had commented prior his visit that he was looking forward to traveling with his colleagues to Taiwan to visit President Tsai Ing-wen and her new team. “[The] inauguration of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen as the next President of Taiwan is a historic event for the island democracy. It is an inspiring symbol for women in the Asia-Pacific and around the world. And it is a demonstration to the free world that democratic institutions in an ethnic Chinese nation can enable a peaceful transitions of power between political parties.”

Senator McCain and the delegation met with President Tsai on June 5, and after their meeting stated that U.S.-Taiwan friendship "remains strong." The delegation talked about defense, cross-Strait relations, and the South China Sea.

The delegation included Senator John Barrasso, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Thomas Cotton, Senator Daniel Sullivan, Senator Cory Gardner, and Senator Joni Ernst.