US will­ing to treat Hung same as Tsai if she vis­its

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOSEPH YEH

The United States is will­ing to ac­cord likely Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) the same level of cour­tesy as her Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) coun­ter­part should she de­cide to visit the U.S, the new top U.S. en­voy in Tai­wan said yesterday.

An­swer­ing ques­tions dur­ing a round­table with lo­cal press yesterday, new Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT) Di­rec­tor Kin Moy re­it­er­ated the long-stand­ing U.S. stance that it does not take a po­si­tion on any of the can­di­dates.

It has been the stance of the U.S. that it will not in­ter­fere with demo­cratic elec­tions over­seas, he said, adding that Washington does not fa­vor any one par­tic­u­lar can­di­date in Tai­wan.

The AIT head said the U.S. looks for­ward to work­ing with whomever the Tai­wan peo­ple choose in the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice and the Leg­isla­tive Yuan.

Com­ment­ing on pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and DPP Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen’s ( ) re­cent U.S. visit, Moy said that the U.S. had “con­struc­tive ex­changes” with the Tai­wanese po­lit­i­cal leader dur­ing her trip.

“We also welcome other can­di­dates to visit should they wish to do so,” he said.

Asked to com­ment on whether Washington would ac­cord Hung the same level of cour­tesy shown to Tsai should she visit the U.S. in the fu­ture, Moy said “yes” and said he would welcome such a trip.

“I think Madame Tsai’s trip to the U.S. was con­struc­tive and gave her the op­por­tu­nity to share her views with a broad spec­trum of peo­ple in the U.S.,” he said.

If Hung ex­presses in­ter­est in vis­it­ing the U.S. as the KMT’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Moy said the U.S. would welcome her to share her views on a wide range of top­ics with a broad spec­trum of Amer­i­cans.

Dur­ing her re­cent stay in the U.S., Tsai vis­ited the White House and the U.S. State Depart­ment, mak­ing her the first Tai­wanese pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to do so, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media re­ports.

Will­ing to Meet Tsai and Hung

Moy said he had met pre­vi­ously with Tsai on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions in the U.S. be­fore and found his dis­cus­sions with her on var­i­ous is­sues to be “very pro­duc­tive.”

He has not yet met with Hung, but he cer­tainly hopes to meet her as well as any other po­ten­tial Tai­wanese pres­i­den­tial dates, he noted.

Moy of­fi­cially as­sumed his du­ties as the U.S.’s top en­voy to Tai­wan on June 8 to take over the va­cancy left with the de­par­ture of his pre­de­ces­sor Christo­pher Marut.

A for­mer Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pa­cific Af­fairs, Moy said yesterday that it is a “dream as­sign­ment” for him to come back to Tai­wan. He last vis­ited Taipei in 1995.

He is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to en­hance even closer bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in years to come.

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AP

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