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Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Led by Chairman Hyde Begins Three-Day Visit to Taiwan on Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, will arrive Wednesday in Taipei accompanied by a bipartisan delegation of members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The three-day visit will include meetings with President Chen Shui-bian, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung, former President Lee Teng-hui, Foreign Minister Tien Hung-mao, and Defense Minister Wu Shih-wen.

The visit is expected to focus on regional security issues, trade, and U.S.-Taiwan relations including Taiwan as a model of Chinese democracy.

"The evolution of Taiwan's democracy provides Asia and the world with an important model of political development. This visit offers us an opportunity to understand better the dramatic changes underway in the region and ways that we might be helpful," said Hyde.

The delegation includes U.S. Reps. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Paul Gillmor (R-OH), Mel Watt (D-NC) and Darrell Issa (R-CA).

On Friday, August 24, Hyde is scheduled to address the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce in a luncheon speech focusing on the future of democracy in China.