Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, released the following statement regarding reports that Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, will be leading a delegation to Taiwan in the near future.
“I was very pleased to learn that Secretary Azar is planning to lead a delegation to Taiwan,” Chabot said. “High-level visits are essential to any bilateral relationship and in the face of a global pandemic, there is no better time for our top health official to strengthen ties with a recognized leader in public health. As the primary sponsor of the Taiwan Travel Act and a long-time proponent of such visits, it is gratifying to see that the policy called for by this important, bipartisan legislation is finally coming to fruition.”
“Taiwan has demonstrated phenomenal success in fighting the coronavirus with only seven deaths so far in a population of 20 million, yet China has still managed to exclude them from the World Health Organization. Secretary Azar’s visit will bring needed attention to both this achievement and China’s bullying.”
Congressman Chabot sponsored the Taiwan Travel Act (P.L. 115-135) to increase high-level visits between the United States and Taiwan. The Taiwan Travel Act became law in March 2018.
Secretary Azar’s visit will be the first visit by a cabinet-level United States official to Taiwan since then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the country in 2014.