Kin Moy ar­rives in Tai­wan, as­sumes du­ties as new Amer­i­can In­sti­tute direc­tor

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Kin Moy, the new direc­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT), yes­ter­day ar­rived in Taipei to as­sume his du­ties as the U.S.’s top en­voy to the coun­try.

In a state­ment, the AIT said Moy is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the “crit­i­cally im­por­tant U.S.-Tai­wan re­la­tion­ship” dur­ing his ten­ure.

Moy’s pre­de­ces­sor, Christo­pher Marut de­parted for the U.S. last Fri­day af­ter con­clud­ing his three­year term. The AIT rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the AIT, Moy has been in the U.S. For­eign Ser­vice for more than 20 years, and has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in and on the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

His most re­cent diplo­matic as­sign­ment was at the U.S. Depart­ment of State in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where he served as Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pa­cific Af­fairs, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­land China, Mon­go­lia, and Tai­wan.

Prior to that as­sign­ment, he served as Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary in the Of­fice of Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Mean­while, in a short video re­leased by the AIT on YouTube yes­ter­day morn­ing, the new AIT head greeted Tai­wanese peo­ple in flu­ent man­darin. Moy is first eth­nic Chi­nese AIT Taipei direc­tor

“Hello ev­ery­one. Greet­ings. I am Kin Moy, and I am hon­ored to be the next direc­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan,” Moy said in the video clip.

“For the past gen­er­a­tion, the peo­ple of Tai­wan and the peo­ple of the United States have worked to­gether to build an en­dur­ing part­ner­ship,” he noted.

Say­ing that the next few years will be an im­por­tant time in the his­tory of bi­lat­eral friend­ship, Moy said he looks for­ward to join­ing the AIT team “in strength­en­ing our ties, in ad­di­tion to experiencing the kind­ness of our Tai­wan friends. There is so much to cel­e­brate about Tai­wan’s devel­op­ment.”

“My wife Kathy, our kids, and I have be­gun to pre­pare for our life there. We have dis­cov­ered many things we ad­mire -- the vi­brant democ­racy, the ro­bust trade, and the rich cul­ture. We ap­pre­ci­ate your warm wel­come. We’ll see you in Tai­wan!”

The short video is avail­able at v=XACKDMXp­nJE&fea­ture=youtu. be

The AIT said yes­ter­day that in ad­di­tion to his Wash­ing­ton as­sign­ments, Moy has also served in the U.S. Em­bassy in Bei­jing, the U.S. Em­bassy in Seoul, and the U.S. Con­sulate in Bu­san.

Moy is a ca­reer mem­ber of the Se­nior For­eign Ser­vice and holds the per­sonal rank of Min­is­ter Coun­selor.

He grad­u­ated from Columbia Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, and is a Man­darin speaker.

Moy’s wife Kathy and their four chil­dren will join him in Taipei in the near fu­ture, it added.

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