Premier Su Tseng-chang received a delegation led by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach on Friday afternoon at the Executive Yuan, where the two sides exchanged views on common challenges, economy-related issues, and future collaborations between Taiwan and the U.S.
The premier thanked Under Secretary Krach and his delegation for traveling to attend former President Lee Teng-hui's memorial service on behalf of the U.S. government and conveying condolences from the U.S.
The government of Taiwan is grateful to the U.S. for its strong, longstanding support as well as its deep-running friendship, Premier Su added. The U.S. is Taiwan's most important trade partner, and it is hoped that the two sides can strengthen their bilateral partnership through more government-level exchanges and interactions in the future.
Among the other members of the visiting U.S. delegation were Robert Destro, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor; Kelley Currie, ambassador-at-large for global women's issues; Ian Steff, assistant secretary for global markets and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service; and Randall Schriver, former assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs. American Institute in Taiwan Director William Brent Christensen also accompanied the group.