Re­tired for­eign min­is­ters, of­fi­cials now Hung ad­vi­sors

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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