United King­dom’s top en­voy vis­its KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

UK’s de facto am­bas­sador to Tai­wan yesterday vis­ited Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker and likely Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ).

Dur­ing a 30-minute closed-door meet­ing, UK rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Tai­wan and head of the Bri­tish Of­fice, Chris Wood, con­grat­u­lated Hung on her up­com­ing nom­i­na­tion as KMT’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Hung’s spokesman Philip Yang ( ) told re­porters yesterday fol­low­ing the meet­ing. The con­ver­sa­tion was con­ducted in Man­darin.

Wood said now it is highly likely that Tai­wan’s next pres­i­dent will be fe­male given the fact that Hung is ex­pected to rep­re­sent the KMT and the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) can­di­date is Tsai Ing-wen.

Wood be­lieves that hav­ing a fe­male leader will have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on Tai­wan so­ci­ety.

The en­voy also ex­pressed his in­ter­est in learn­ing about Hung’s cross-strait pol­icy.

In re­sponse, Hung said she will con­tinue to ad­vance cross-strait re­la­tions based on the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” which is an agree­ment reached be­tween the Re­pub­lic of China and the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China that there is but one China, with each side of the Tai­wan Strait hav­ing a dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what that means.

Hung also said she hopes to con­tinue to push for Tai­wan’s ul­ti­mate in­clu­sion in re­gional eco­nomic blocs such as TPP and RCEP, Yang said.

Dur­ing their meet­ings, the UK en­voy gave Hung a book about the UK as a gift — in re­turn, Hung pre­sented the en­voy with a ce­ramic tea cup.

Photo cour­tesy of Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) Of­fice

UK rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Tai­wan, Chris Wood, left, talks with Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker and likely Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu (

), right, dur­ing a meet­ing at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.

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