TECRO Profile and Mission

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Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) is the Republic of China's principal representative office in the United States. As such, TECRO in the United States is responsible for maintaining and developing bilateral relations between Taiwan and the United States. TECRO is headed by Representative Stanley Kao with support from Deputy Representative James Lee and Deputy Representative Remus Chen.

TECRO oversees 12 offices known as Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices, or TECOs, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

TECRO has a Political Division, a Congressional Liaison Division, a Consular Division, an Administrative Division, a Press Division, an Education Division, an Economic Division, a Science and Technology Division, a Health Division, an Taiwan Academy, a Cultural Center, and a Defense Mission. These units are responsible for managing different aspects of the bilateral relationship between Taiwan and the United States.

The Political Division deals with political matters in relations between the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan and the United States. It thus maintains contact with the U.S. executive branch, political parties, think tanks, scholars, experts and relevant organizations.

The Congressional Liaison Division promotes relations between the ROC on Taiwan and the United States through regular contacts with the U.S. Congress and exchanges between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

The Consular Division issues passports to ROC citizens and visas to people who wish to travel to Taiwan. It also provides document authentication services. The division serves ROC nationals and Chinese-American communities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. The division also promotes relations with local governments in the aforementioned states and the District of Columbia.

The Administrative Division handles administrative and logistical support for TECRO.

The Press Division promotes better understanding between the ROC on Taiwan and the United States by providing information about Taiwan, explaining the policies of the ROC government, and promoting media cooperation and exchanges between the two countries. The director of the Press Division also serves as the spokesperson for TECRO.

The Education Division promotes cooperation between educational and academic institutions in the ROC on Taiwan and their counterparts in the United States. The division also promotes cultural exchange between the ROC on Taiwan and the U.S. and provides educational and cultural information about the ROC on Taiwan, especially as it relates to study opportunities in Taiwan.

The Economic Division promotes economic and trade relations between the ROC on Taiwan and the United States through contacts with the government and private sector in the United States.

The Science and Technology Division promotes cooperation between the ROC on Taiwan and the United States in the fields of science and technology and assists in cooperative and exchange programs between the scientists of both countries.

The Defense Mission handles defense and security affairs between the R.O.C. on Taiwan and the United States, and procurement matters in the United States as authorized by the Ministry of National Defense of the R.O.C.

The Taiwan Academy is working on promoting Taiwanese culture, including visual art, performing arts, museums, film, broadcasting, television, music, literature, publishing, cultural and creative industries, and so forth in the United States.

The Culture Center of TECRO provides a variety of services for our expatriates in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. Our services include liaison services, Chinese education, and local business development. The Center also aims to promote the Taiwanese culture and enhance the interaction with the mainstream society.