Taiwan's top US envoy attends Biden inauguration
Courtesy of ICRT
Taiwan top envoy to the US, Hsiao Bi-khim, has attended US President Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony in Washington DC.
According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US capital, Hsiao was invited to the event by the U-S Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Hsiao took to Twitter prior to the swearing-in ceremony, tweeting a brief message saying she was “honoured to represent the people and government of Taiwan at the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris.”
Hsiao also included a brief video-clip of her standing in front of the Capitol Building - in which she said “democracy is our common language and freedom is out common objective. I look forward to working the next administration in advancing our mutual values and interests.”
Sources are being cited as saying Hsiao's presence at the inauguration ceremony was “significant” as it was the first time since 1979 that a Taiwanese envoy has been officially invited by to attend an inauguration ceremony by the congressional committee.
Taiwanese officials had attended previous inaugurations through admission tickets provided by members of the US Congress.