Led by its president Paul Chan, a mission from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBANE) paid a visit to the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) on November 8. The mission was received by OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-hsing, who welcomed its members back to Taiwan to witness Taiwan's democracy and national development in person.
Wu stressed the continuity and consistency of overseas community affairs policy and said that the OCAC serves overseas compatriots as long as they support the ROC (Taiwan) and its democracy. Meanwhile, the OCAC will continue to provide better and innovative services to all of them. To end his speech, he said, in support of the New Southbound Policy the OCAC will strengthen bilateral relations with Southeast Asian countries so that the region becomes a strategic hinterland for Taiwan’s development.
Chan stated that overseas compatriots should work together for their support of Republic of China (Taiwan), a free and democratic country.
CCBANE was established in 1923 and has 35 member groups. It is the leading Chinese community organization in the Boston area. The visiting mission was also accompanied by Minister Wu on November 8 to the Office of the President to call on Vice President Chen Chien-jen. On November 9, the mission began a cultural tour of Taiwan and will be home on November 14.