He said lawmakers also will attend meetings with public health officials to discuss health research issues, and might have an opportunity to meet the country's vice president.
According to data from the state Development Office, West Virginia sold more than $78 million in exports to Taiwan in 2012, including $39 million in commodities and $24 million in plastics.
Smaller exports include glassware ($35,935), knitted items ($15,536) and dairy, egg and honey products ($9,540).
West Virginia and Taiwan have been "sister states" since 1980, when the West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to establish that relationship. A delegation from Taiwan visited the Mountain State seven months later.
The Associated Press reported then-Secretary of State A. James Manchin welcomed the officials with "a lavish display of hospitality, including handshakes, bear hugs and bows," as well a ceremonial cup filled with, in Manchin's words, "something we drink in West Virginia."
"It's a lot stronger than tea," Manchin was quoted as saying.
In January 1997, West Virginia opened a state trade office in Taipei, under Gov. Gaston Caperton's administration. Gov. Bob Wise later closed the office in February 2003 as part of cost-saving measures.
Kessler said he is excited for the trip, partly because he's never visited Asia. He's a little worried over the cuisine however. While his wife enjoys Asian food, Kessler said his tastes run more toward spaghetti and steak.