Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) yesterday declined to confirm whether he had raised the issue of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) playing "dirty tricks" before the presidential election in March during a conversation with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond earlier this month.
"But if there were discussions about the DPP's `dirty tricks,' the topic would have been raised by me, as the US would have no knowledge of those `dirty tricks,'" he said in Taipei when approached for comment.
Siew made the remarks in response to a story published in this paper yesterday in which an anonymous US official denied that Burghardt had expressed concern over DPP "dirty tricks" during his meeting with Siew.
Siew yesterday said he would not discuss the contents of the meeting, as he and Burghardt had agreed to keep their conversation private.
The US official denied that Burghardt had raised concerns about a DPP attempt to win the election by using "dirty tricks," saying the AIT chairman was "almost completely in a listening mode" over the concerns raised by Siew.
The US official denied the existence of minutes of the meeting, as alleged in a report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily.
The minutes, whose authenticity have not been confirmed by AIT or the KMT, seemed to suggest that the US favored the KMT.
The private meeting between Siew and Burghardt was not disclosed until DPP Legislator Sandy Yen (莊和子) on Friday informed Chinese-language newspapers, including the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper) and the United Daily News of its having taken place.
Siew yesterday was tight-lipped on whether the minutes had been provided by the KMT, urging the media to take the inquiry to the DPP.
"You should all be focusing on why the information about the meeting was leaked by a DPP legislator," Siew said.
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