US affirms the renewal VWP participation: AIT
The United States government has recently affirmed the renewal of Taiwan’s participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.
In a post on its Facebook page yesterday, the AIT posted several photos showing the new AIT Director Kin Moy passing a letter to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) Chair- woman Katharine Chang ( ) on Monday, affirming the renewal of Taiwan’s participation in the VWP.
”This renewal, which will take place every two years, underscores the fact that Taiwan continues to comply with key security and information-sharing requirements, and that the partnership between the United States and Taiwan remains strong,” the photo caption stated.
Taiwan is one of 38 members of the U.S. visa-free program, which allows eligible travelers with Taiwan passports to travel to the U.S. for leisure or business lasting 90 days or less.
Since Taiwan’s accession to the VWP in November of 2012, the number of travelers from Taiwan to the United States, as well as from the United States to Taiwan, has increased, bringing economic and other benefits to both sides, the AIT said.
The AIT’s latest Facebook post has once again exemplified strong bilateral relations despite the lack of official ties, a diplomatic source yesterday told the Central News Agency.
The AIT had posted several photos earlier this month that showed Gen. Yen De-fa ( ), Taiwan’s chief of the general staff, among the attendees at a joint change of command ceremony for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) on May 27 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.