American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Kin Moy refused to comment on Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu‘s (洪秀柱) apparent lack of plans to visit the US before January’s election.
“I can’t comment on that,” Moy said yesterday, in response to questions from reporters after Hung said on Thursday she was not inclined to visit the US ahead of the presidential election in January.
“I haven’t heard that from Madame Hung. I haven’t had a chance to meet her,” he said on the sidelines of the Taipei Dragon Boat Competition at the Dajia Riverside Park, where he was cheering on the AIT team.
“I am looking forward to meeting her in the future,” he said. “I’ll wait until we actually meet before I can comment.”
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung expressed a reluctance to visit the US because she felt she needed to use the limited time remaining before the election to do as much campaigning at home as possible.
She said she would prefer to go to the US or Japan after getting elected in January.
During a meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Moy said the US would welcome a visit by Hung if she decided to make such a trip.
He said she would be accorded the same level of courtesy as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) if she were to visit the US. He described Tsai’s visit as “constructive.”
Tsai, the DPP’s chairperson and the only confirmed candidate in the presidential election, returned to Taiwan earlier this month from a 12-day trip to the US, where she met with administration officials, representative and think tanks.
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