President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Houston on Saturday local time. She was there for a brief transit stop on her way to visit allied nations in Central America as part of her second overseas trip since taking office last May.
Tsai was accorded high-level treatment upon her arrival in Houston. She was greeted at the airport by Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty. AIT is the US representative office to Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
President Tsai visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as the Taiwan-invested Formosa Plastics Corporation before attending a banquet for overseas compatriots in the evening.
A lawmaker traveling with Tsai said that the president had been impressed by the 17 Harley Davidsons which had escorted her and provided her with security during her transit. The lawmaker said that Tsai had also commented on the temperature in Houston which had dipped below the freezing point. Tsai that although her hands were cold as she shook hands with banquet attendees on Saturday night, she was warmed by the reception.
During her nine-day trip to Central America, Tsai will visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador, before returning to Taiwan via San Francisco.
Tsai said that the two main goals of the trip are to consolidate ties and to strengthen cooperation with the four allied nations she will visit.
Source: Radio Taiwan International