ROC rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Kansas City re­lo­cates to Den­ver

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Kansas City, Mis­souri has re­cently been re­lo­cated to Den­ver, Colorado and the new of­fice of­fi­cially be­gan op­er­a­tions on April 27, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) has an­nounced.

In a re­leased state­ment, MOFA said the new Den­ver of­fice, like its pre­de­ces­sor, is re­spon­si­ble for of­fer­ing ser­vices to over­seas Tai­wanese in the states of Kansas, Mis­souri, Colorado, Ne­braska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

The of­fice, of­fi­cially named the Taipei Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Of­fice in Den­ver, is lo­cated at 1600 Broad­way Blvd., Suite 1740, Den­ver, CO80202, U.S.A.

The con­tact num­ber for the of­fice is +1-720-587-2949 and fax +1-720-587-2958. Its email ad­dress is teco@teco­den­ver.org, MOFA said.

MOFA spokes­woman Anna Kao ( ) pre­vi­ously told The China Post that the de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate the of­fice was based on there be­ing fewer for­eign con­sulates left in Kansas City as most coun­tries have al­ready de­cided to re­lo­cate their rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices to Den­ver, which is be­com­ing a much big­ger city than Kansas City.

Cur­rently more than 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple live in the Greater Den­ver area, 600,000 of them in Den­ver City, com­pared with 450,000 in Kansas City, Kao said.

The of­fice was pre­vi­ously put un­der the me­dia spot­light af­ter its for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Jacqueline Liu ( ), was ar­rested on Nov. 10, 2011 by FBI agents for vi­o­la­tions of U.S. fed­eral law for hir­ing and mis­treat­ing two Filipino house­keep­ers.

The diplo­mat was later de­ported back to Tai­wan as MOFA an­nounced Liu’s sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing her home­com­ing af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the diplo­mat had been neg­li­gent in her du­ties and had dam­aged Tai­wan’s im­age. She re­tired from the diplo­matic ser­vice last July.

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