The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign office will jointly form a delegation to visit the US early next month to drum up support for Ma’s re-election bid, according to his executive campaign director King Pu-tsung (金溥聰).
Not to be outdone by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is planning her own delegation to visit the US on Sept. 12, the Ma campaign’s latest move expands the election battle between the KMT and the DPP overseas.
King, a former KMT secretary-general, did not rule out leading the delegation himself, saying the delegation would likely be made up of lawmakers and other legislative candidates.
The KMT group will leave for the US before the Legislative Yuan resumes its session next month and King said “our delegation will beat theirs [Tsai’s delegation]” to the US.
The seven to 10-day US trip will visit both east and west coasts, and includes stops in Washington, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The group will also meet with US think tank academics and supporters, King said.
As for the cross-strait policy and security issues that most concern the US, King said the delegation would help convey Ma’s position on a number of policy issues.
“We have to have say our piece. From the perspective of an election, all voices should be heard, and ours will not be absent,” King said.
One of the main objectives of the visit is to meet with Taiwanese expatriates and brief them on Ma’s political vision, while raising funds for his campaign, King said.