Chances of vis­it­ing US not high: KMT’s Hung

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) con­firmed Mon­day that the prob­a­bil­ity of her vis­it­ing the United States be­fore the elec­tion is not high, given her tight sched­ule.

Hung said this does not mean that she does not at­tach im­por­tance to the United States or that she does not un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the United States to her elec­tion bid.

When she is con­firmed as the party’s of­fi­cial can­di­date in July, there will be less than six months left be­fore the elec­tion, she said, adding that she will not have time to spend seven to 10 days over­seas.

How­ever, Hung’s stance on the is­sue of a U.S. visit is seen to be at odds with that of KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ). Chu said Satur­day that ar­range­ments will be made for Hung to visit the United States af­ter she is con­firmed as the party’s of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial can­di­date at the party congress set for July 19.

Chu said the KMT will com­muni- cate with the U.S. side on the date of Hung’s visit, with Au­gust and Septem­ber both pos­si­ble times.

Ap­pear­ing dis­in­clined to make the trip, how­ever, Hung stressed that only state­ments com­ing di­rectly from her­self or her spokesper­son can be con­sid­ered to re­flect her views on cross-Tai­wan Strait re­la­tions and the is­sue of a U. S. visit.

When asked to com­ment on the is­sue, Chu said Mon­day that Hung has made things very clear and that she will make a public an­nounce­ment on the mat­ter.

He said the role of the party is to pro­vide full sup­port to the can­di­date and to do co­or­di­na­tion work prop­erly.

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