Welcome Remarks from Representative Bi-khim Hsiao

Welcome to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States. TECRO represents the interests of Taiwan’s 23 million people in promoting a closer relationship with the United States, based on our shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights. 

The longstanding partnership between Taiwan and the United States has never been more robust. Both sides are engaged on issues of trade and investment, regional security and defense, as well as support for Taiwan’s international space. Through programs such as the Global Cooperation Training Framework, Taiwan and the United States also seek to contribute to global issues, ranging from combating infectious diseases to women’s empowerment. 
TECRO, together with 12 other offices across the United States, also seeks to deepen cultural and educational exchanges consistent with the friendship shared between Taiwanese and Americans. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel between Taiwan and the United States each year. The United States also continues to be one of the top destinations for Taiwanese businesspeople and students, especially following Taiwan’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver and Global Entry programs. 
The foundation for the relationship between Taiwan and the United States could not be stronger. Working together, I hope to further it for the years to come. 

Bi-khim Hsiao