Colorado officials toast Taiwan economic office's move from Kansas City to Denver

State Sen. Chris Hansen, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Mrs. and TECO Denver Director General Bill Huang, and Alejandra Garza, district director for U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, at the Taiwan National Day celebration in Denver last October. (File photo)

Dear editors,

I would like to express my gratitude for Kelly Sloan’s column, “Why Colorado should care about Taiwan” from Dec. 8, and add a few more points.

I have just returned from Kansas City, Missouri, where I led an event on Dec. 14 entitled “Doing Business with Taiwan” hosted by the World Trade Center — Kansas City and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. There I highlighted not only Taiwan’s close and growing trade relationship with Missouri, Kansas and the other states that our Denver office covers — especially in the agricultural and high-tech sectors — but the importance of Taiwan’s inclusion in regional and global trade agreements.

Taiwan’s position as an advanced information and communication technology manufacturing and service provider, a green energy hub, and a key link in global supply chains have rendered it a dependable and indispensable partner for the United States. As a strong and stable democracy in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan is not only a reliable trade partner but a crucial strategic and morally in serving to help curb the expansion of authoritarian influence in the region.

The Taiwan-US Initiative on 21st Century Trade announced earlier this year is a great first step in formalizing these important relationships. Inclusion of Taiwan in other global and regional trade agreements such as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will be highly beneficial to the continued security and prosperity of both our countries, as well as the wider Indo-Pacific region, going forward.

Bill Huang

Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Denver

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