Taiwanese President Ma-Ying Jeou paid a visit March 14 to the Formosa Plastics Corp. USA plastics and petrochemicals site in Point Comfort, Texas.
Ma made the stop at FPC — owned by Taiwan-based Formosa Group — at the start of a 7-day visit that includes trading partners Guatemala and Belize as well as another U.S. stop in Los Angeles.
In Point Comfort, Ma met with local government officials and toured the plant, which makes polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC resins as well as related products. Ma also greeted site workers and some of their family members.
The Point Comfort site is the largest Taiwanese investment in the U.S., according to a March 9 article in the China Post. The United States is Taiwan's second-largest trading partner.
Jack Whitlow, mayor of nearby Port Lavaca, presented Ma with a key to the city and declared Sunday President Ma Ying-jeou Day, according to a March 14 article in the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. In return, Ma presented him with a small white porcelain tea pot with black tea cups, the article said.