New U.S. Taiwan Office Prompts Questions Over Who Will Lead It

President Tsai Ing-wen and Gregg Harper

President Tsai Ing-wen and Gregg Harper

Royce is a wife of Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, a politician who has promoted several pro-Taiwan bills, including the Taiwan Travel Act, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

According to the Straits Times, Royce was chosen deliberately so as not to inculcate a harsh response from Beijing, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory and strongly opposes any direct political relations between Taipei and other nations.

"The US$250-million-dollar investment for this new facility" represents the USA government's "strong" commitment to Taiwan, said Harper, who arrived in Taiwan last Sunday.

A smiling Tsai said the new building was a symbol of "more promising" relations between Washington and Taipei. AIT's Taipei office has nearly 500 American and local employees, while its Kaohsiung branch has more than 30 staff.

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the Department of State, said in a congratulatory message to the AIT that through the AIT, the USA and Taiwan share values and enjoy close cooperation on a wide range of regional and global issues.

"The friendship between Taiwan and the US has never been more promising".

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There was speculation that US President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton may attend the unveiling ceremony at the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) on June 12, which would have made him one of the most senior American officials to visit Taiwan since 1979 and likely drawn China's ire.

"The opening tomorrow of the new AIT headquarters shows how important our relationship is to the United States", the Republican lawmaker from MS said.

AIT Chairman James Moriarty, who arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, yesterday said the new AIT complex is "an important symbol" of USA commitment to Taiwan.

Ties between Taiwan and mainland China have been strained since Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office in 2016.

Trump decided not to send cabinet-level officials to the opening ceremony to avoid further antagonising Beijing amid other tensions over trade and China's claims to much of the South China Sea, sources with ties to the USA and Chinese governments told the South China Morning Post earlier this month.

The new building is a significant upgrade from the low-key military building that AIT has used for decades and will serve as the representative office later this summer, said AIT Director Kin Moy at the opening ceremony.

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