Kin Moy arrives in Taiwan, assumes duties as new American Institute director
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch? 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.