Hung not in­clined to visit US be­fore pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Rul­ing Kuom­intang ( KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu (

) said Thurs­day that she is not in­clined to visit the United States be­fore Tai­wan’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Hung said she would pre­fer to go to the United States or Ja­pan af­ter get­ting elected in Jan­uary.

She said that if she were to go to the United States now, it would be like tak­ing a test or at­tend­ing a job in­ter­view, which she said would be very strange.

She said prob­a­bly the U.S. side does not know her and is cu­ri­ous about her, but they should feel at ease with the KMT and be­lieve that she will not sud­denly be­come a trou­ble­maker in the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship or in Tai­wan’s deal­ings with China.

Ac­cord­ing to Hung, many peo­ple in the KMT, in­clud­ing Chair­man Eric Chu ( ), have en­cour­aged her to visit the United States be­cause this would help boost the morale of Tai­wanese ex­pa­tri­ates there.

How­ever, Hung said it would not be good if she purely vis­its Tai­wan- ese ex­pa­tri­ates there and that she is hes­i­tant as to whether she should go to Washington, D.C.

A more im­por­tant is­sue is that op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen has pre­pared her­self for so many years, while it has been less than two months since she joined the KMT pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, Hung said.

She said she has to race against time to tour around Tai­wan to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

Also Thurs­day, KMT Sec­re­taryGen­eral Lee Shih-chuan ( ) sug­gested that Hung should visit the United States to com­mu­ni­cate her poli­cies to Tai­wanese ex­pa­tri­ates there.

On Wed­nes­day, Kin Moy, the new di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan, said the United States would welcome a visit by Hung if she de­cided to make such a trip.

Moy also said Hung would be ac­corded the same level of cour­tesy as Tsai if she vis­ited the U.S.

Hung is ex­pected to be con­firmed in a KMT na­tional con­fer­ence in July as the party’s of­fi­cial can­di­date.

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