AmCham Taipei delegations in recent weeks called on Taiwanese government leaders, including President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Su Tseng-chang, to brief them on the Chamber’s CEO Mission to Washington, D.C. in June. The session with the Premier was also attended by representatives of other departments within the Executive Yuan, including Minister Chen Mei-ling of the National Development Council. Other recent meetings were with Foreign Minister David Lee and Minister without Portfolio and Chief Trade Negotiator John Deng.
The AmCham delegations at the meetings were led by Chairman Leo Seewald and President William Foreman, and included other members of the Chamber leadership and staff who participated in the visit to Washington.
The briefings focused on the key objectives of this year’s CEO Mission:
- Helping to lay the groundwork for eventual FTA negotiations between the U.S. and Taiwan.
- Encouraging early resumption of the bilateral TIFA process, including scheduling of a TIFA Council meeting.
- Urging the U.S. to send high-level (especially Cabinet-level) officials on visits to Taiwan more frequently.
Although the CEO Mission did not encounter any immediate breakthroughs on these issues, it came away encouraged by an increasingly positive atmosphere in Washington regarding relations with Taiwan.