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Hung wants political talks on cross-strait agenda

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Separately, Hung approved of the comments by former minister of foreign affairs Cheng Chien-jen (程建人), one of her diplomatic advisers, who said the likelihood of Hung visiting Washington to exchange views with the US over her cross-strait policies has “fallen to its lowest point.”

“You could say that, but that does not mean that I do not value the relationship between the US and Taiwan or that I do not understand how important the US is to Taiwan,” Hung said, when asked to comment on the issue.

Hung said her team would factor in whether a trip to the US would be in the best interests of the nation and her campaign schedule before a final decision is made.

The US would understand, as the election would be less than half a year away after the party formally endorses her nomination next month, she added.

Hung acknowledged she made “improper” remarks last week in response to an invitation extended by American Institute in Taiwan Director Kin Moy for her to visit Washington and her rebuttal of KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) claim that such a trip would be possible in August or September.

The deputy legislative speaker said she sometimes talks in a “frivolous” manner and in a “light” tone, but she acknowledged that her comments were “improper” as she is now a potential presidential candidate.

Chu later tried to downplay the discrepancy between him and Hung over whether Hung visiting the US is necessary.

“We are moving in the same direction. Along the way, we all know that sometimes we bite our tongues. There is no right or wrong in this case. We are all working hard to win everyone’s support,” Chu said.

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