Retired foreign ministers, officials now Hung advisors
Two former foreign ministers were among a group of national security advisors to Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (
) who stood up yesterday to support Hung in representing the Kuomintang (KMT) in 2016 presidential race.
The two ex-foreign ministers were Chen Chien-jen ( ) and Francisco H.L. Ou ( ). The former served as minister during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration from November 1999 to May 2000, while the latter served in the post during President Ma Ying-jeou’s first term from May 2008 to September 2009.
Joining Hung during a press conference in Taipei yesterday, Chen and Ou both showed their support for the deputy legislative speaker’s bid to become the KMT’s presidential candidate.
Chen said many people had decided not to join the KMT primary because of what they perceive to be their small chance of winning the presidential race.
But unlike others who hesitate to do so, Hung decided to join, a move that brought hope and vision to the party.
“I believe that Hu is like a breath of fresh air amid a chaotic time,” Chen said. Hung’s courage and vision are important qualities for a leader.
Commenting on Hung, Ou gave high praise to her decision to join the KMT primary. He also valued Hung’s ideas and campaign platform, which is the reason he decided to offer his experience in foreign affairs to serve as an advisor to Hung.
Also joining yesterday’s press conference were former Vice Foreign Minister Louis Tzen ( ); former Vice Foreign Minister Tou Chou-seng ( ); the nation’s former top envoy to Singapore Chiu Chin-yi ( ); Taiwan’s former Ambassador to the Holy See Raymond Tai ( ); former Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council Chang King-yuh ( ) and others.
Asked to comment, Chiu said yesterday that as a KMT member, he was extremely upset to see that no one in the KMT would join the KMT primary following its devastating loss to the opposition DPP at the 9-in-1 Elections last November.
He is glad to see that Hung is willing to step forward to take up the challenge.
During the same event, Hung thanked all these former diplomats and officials for their support. She said that she has continued to speak with these experts on national security issues.