Taiwan’s Top Diplomat to U.S. visits Atlanta – a home coming

Atlanta, June 15, 2017 — The Atlanta Council of International Relations featured a luncheon forum on “Taiwan-U.S. Partnership amid the changing dynamics in Asia” at Capitol City Club.

Taiwan’s representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to the United States, Ambassador Stanley Kao was the keynote luncheon speaker at the forum.

Ambassador Stanley Kao had previously served as Director General of TECO Atlanta from 1993 to 1996. He shared his insights on several issues in an exclusive interview with Georgia Asian Times.

“I had many fond memories of Atlanta. The city was then starting to emerge as the Olympics preparation was on the way. The city was full of energy and hope,” recalls Ambassador Kao vividly.

“Atlanta now has beautiful architectures and skylines.  The people in the community though collective effort have build a great city,” adds Ambassador Kao with smile.

The United States and Taiwan R.O.C. currently enjoy a robust unofficial relationship.  The 1979 U.S.-P.R.C. Joint Communique switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The Joint Communique also stated that the people of the United States will maintain cultural, commercial, and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan.

“As for Taiwan’s relations with Southeastern U.S. states, we have a closed working relationship starting at grassroots to the city-state levels,” said Ambassador Kao proudly.

“Our relationship is build on mutual cooperation and benefits. There are plenty of opportunities for business and economic exchanges.”

He is also scheduled to attend the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington DC later in the week. Ambassador Kao will lead 15 largest Taiwanese corporations who are actively seeking to expand operations and to create jobs in U.S. Companies such as FoxConn, which has been the largest OEM supplier of Apple products.

Taiwan is supporting the “Buy American” initiative by President Trump, according to Ambassador Kao. He believes Taiwan can help improve the bilateral trade with the United States.

“Taiwan and the United States share a common core values. We’re being a responsible, safe and trustworthy partner of the U.S. in the region,” said the Ambassador responding to how Taiwan could assist the United States in the Asia Pacific region.

“Given the opportunity, Taiwan could be play a key role and stabilizing force in the changing dynamics of the region,” said the Ambassador in closing the interview with Georgia Asian Times.