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New Neihu home for AIT dedicated

CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS TIES:A ‘Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above’ book and gifts from former presidents as well as US officials were placed in a special time capsule

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Prior to the ceremony, Moy dismissed a Wall Street Journal article that cited an anonymous US official as attributing the absence of a senior US Cabinet secretary at the event to Chinese diplomats’ warnings to Washington that such a move would “violate an understanding that Washington should have only unofficial relations with Taiwan.”

“In addition to the chairman of AIT, we also have a special guest: Royce... She is absolutely a perfect candidate, a perfect guest to come here, because she reflects about 40 years of educational and cultural cooperation between both sides,” Moy said.

Moy also shrugged off questions about whether the compound would be guarded by US Marines.

“We do not make political statements with our security. What we do is we bring a sufficient number of people to coordinate with local staff to ensure that the people inside our buildings are very safe,” he said.

Asked about media reports that former AIT deputy director Brent Christensen would succeed Moy, Moriarty did not confirm, but said that Christensen was not only a good friend, but also “a very good friend of Taipei.”

Speaking on the US Senate floor on Monday, senators Cory Gardner and Marco Rubio sent congratulatory messages for the dedication, saying that the new facility shows the strong friendship between the US and Taiwan.

Additional reporting by CNA

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