Two US officials are set to attend the dedication ceremony of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) new office in Taipei on Tuesday.
The AIT has been the de facto US embassy in Taiwan since the two sides broke off diplomatic ties in 1979.
The visiting officials are AIT Chairman James Moriarty and Marie Royce, the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Royce is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since 2015. They are traveling with Congressman Gregg Harper, a Republican representative from Mississippi.
In an interview on Monday, Harper said the new office building demonstrates Washington’s support for Taiwan.
"As the co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, I can tell you, in Washington, DC, our commitment is as strong, or stronger than ever, and will continue that way in the future. And a US$255 million investment for this new facility shows this commitment is strong today and will continue."
The foreign ministry said in a press release on Monday that the completion of the new AIT building in Taipei’s Neihu District “carries vital importance and positive historical meaning."
Earlier, the US State Department tweeted that the new office reflects an important milestone in US-Taiwan partnership.
The visiting US officials will be in Taiwan from June 11-16.