Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers on a week-long trade and cultural mission to Taiwan, her office announced Friday.
Wyman, a Democrat, will be joined by state Sens. Tony Hwang, a Republican from Fairfield, and Tim Larson, a Democrat from East Hartford, and Rep. William Tong, a Democrat from Stamford. They will leave on Sunday and return on October 11.
The trip will be completely paid for by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China, Wyman's spokeswoman Juliet Manalan said. However the travel cost of the lieutenant governor's security detail -- two state troopers -- will be funded by the state of Connecticut.
The Connecticut delegation will discuss economic development partnerships, healthcare, education, and transportation with officials from the Republic of China, Taiwan. The itinerary includes a visit to a high-speed rail line.
They are scheduled to attend meetings at the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's parliament, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Council of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Administration, the Mainland Affairs Council, the Department of Gender Equality at the Executive Yuan, and the European Economic and Trade Office.
In addition to the trade component, the delegation will also participate in cultural excursions. They are expected to visit the Sun, Moon, Lake National Scenic Area, among other cultural destinations.