Taiwan president and U.S. envoy call for more religious freedom in Asia

By Ralph Jennings | Los Angeles Times

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen joined a U.S. envoy Monday in advocating more religious freedom in Asia, a joint jab at China, where the government restricts worship and resents American officials for political dealings with the island.

The president of the self-ruled island told Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, during a closed-door meeting that Taiwan wants to help the United States contribute to the development of religious freedom and democracy, officials said.

Tsai told Brownback she expects that “Taiwan and the United States, through more cooperative exchanges, can in the future continue promoting joint values and strengthen the two sides’ partnerships,” according to a statement on the presidential office website.

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