Marut leaves Tai­wan; new US en­voy ex­pected to ar­rive in na­tion Mon­day

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Christo­pher Marut de­parted for the United States on Fri­day af­ter con­clud­ing his three-year stint as direc­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT), ac­cord­ing to the AIT.

Marut “extends his thanks to all of the peo­ple of Tai­wan for hav­ing of­fered him a tremen­dously re­ward­ing and en­rich­ing three years,” the AIT said in a state­ment Fri­day.

The AIT rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties.

Marut will be suc­ceeded by Kin Moy, whose most re­cent diplo­matic as­sign­ment was as deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state in the U.S. State Depart­ment’s Bureau of East Asian and Pa­cific Af­fairs, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for U.S. re­la­tions with China, Mon­go­lia, and Tai­wan.

Moy is sched­uled to ar­rive in Tai­wan next Mon­day, Tai­wan’s For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin ( ) said in re­sponse to re­porters’ ques­tions on the side­lines of a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Taipei Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity for its ef­forts to pro­vide med­i­cal ser­vices to peo­ple in Swazi­land and Sao Tome and Principe, both diplo­matic al­lies of Tai­wan.

But when it was asked to con­firm Moy’s ar­rival date, the AIT said it was not yet re­leas­ing any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the new direc­tor.

Be­fore his de­par­ture, Marut was awarded the Or­der of Bril­liant Star with Grand Cor­don by Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ( ) on Wed­nes­day in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to deep­en­ing U.S.-Tai­wan re­la­tions.

In an AIT post on its Face­book page, Marut said he ac­cepted the award on be­half of the AIT team.

“Tai­wan is an amaz­ing suc­cess story — as a dy­namic democ­racy, an en­tre­pre­neur­ial, high-tech­nol­ogy econ­omy, and a car­ing, cul­tured and ed­u­cated so­ci­ety with deeply rooted be­liefs in free­dom and open­ness, hu­man rights,” the en­voy was quoted as say­ing.

Marut took his post as the U.S.’s de facto am­bas­sador to Taipei in Septem­ber 2012.

Dur­ing Marut’s ten­ure as AIT direc­tor, Tai­wan was ad­mit­ted to the U.S. visa-waiver pro­gram in 2012, and both coun­tries also re­sumed talks un­der the bi­lat­eral Trade and In­vest­ment Frame­work Agree­ment in 2013.

Also in 2013, Tai­wan and the U.S. signed a new agree­ment on Priv­i­leges, Ex­emp­tions and Im­mu­ni­ties.

Ex­changes were also stepped up be­tween the two coun­tries, in­clud­ing a trip by Gina McCarthy, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, to Tai­wan in April 2014, the first trip by a U.S. Cabi­net-level of­fi­cial to Tai­wan in nearly 14 years.

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