The president of a major US non-governmental organization has landed in Taiwan for a four-day visit. Damon Wilson, who is the president of the National Endowment for Democracy, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry says Wilson will announce plans for the endowment to work with Taiwanese civic groups, like the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
On Monday, Wilson tweeted a picture of Taipei 101. In the caption, he says he is “honored” to be in Taiwan and calls Taiwan “one of the world’s most free societies”. Wilson also says Taiwan “is becoming a hub for democrats to learn from each other in safeguarding their democratic way of life”.
Later this year, Taipei will host pro-democracy groups from all over the world at the 11th Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy. Wilson says he is “delighted” his organization is working with Taiwan to host the event.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry says it warmly welcomes Wilson’s visit to Taiwan. The ministry says the encouragement of the National Endowment for Democracy was critical to Taiwan’s decision to found the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in 2003.
The foreign ministry says Taipei’s upcoming role as the host of a global democracy initiative shows Taiwan’s democratic achievements have the approval of the international community.