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Taiwan Travel Act passes US Foreign Affairs Committee


The foreign ministry says it welcomes the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives.


The committee approved the Taiwan Travel Act in a unanimous voice vote on Thursday, local time. If passed by the House and then the Senate, it will pass to the president to sign into law.


The act says the Trump administration should allow US officials at all levels to visit Taiwan. This includes Cabinet-level national security officials and top military brass. The act also says senior Taiwanese officials should be allowed to meet with Pentagon and State Department officials.


The Taiwan Travel Act was introduced by four congressmen of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in January.


The foreign ministry said Friday that the bill signals a major step in Washington lifting its unofficial ban on mutual visits by senior officials on both sides. The ministry also called it an indication of congressional support for Taiwan-US ties.