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Moy's appointment as AIT Taipei director well received in Taiwan

Moy's appointment as AIT Taipei director well received in Taiwan

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) U.S. appointment of Kin Moy as the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)'s Taipei Office received welcome in Taiwan and was seen as a positive development in Taipei-Washington ties. The AIT announced earlier Thursday that Moy will succeed Christopher Marut as the new AIT director, beginning summer 2015. Moy's most recent assignment was deputy assistant secretary of state in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for U.S. relations with China, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Moy has a well-rounded career in the diplomatic field and is very familiar with Taiwan affairs, said Alexander Huang (???), an assistant professor in Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies in New Taipei, when asked by CNA to comment on the assignment. Huang said he had heard positive comments on Moy and his new appointment to handle U.S. relations with Taiwan. Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister Cheng Chien-jen (???) told local newspaper Apple Daily that Moy is a higher-ranking U.S. diplomat, compared with those who headed the AIT Taipei office in recent years. He appeared to be a good fit for the position, Cheng added. Also holding positive views on the assignment was Yen Chen-shen (???), research fellow of the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Moy has well-rounded knowledge of the development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties and his appointment is the best choice to best express the U.S. stance on cross-strait issues to Taiwan, which also represents the importance Washington puts on the development of Taiwan-China relations, Yen was quoted as saying in the Apple Daily report. Commenting on the assignment, Lin Yu-fang (???), lawmaker of the ruling Kuomintang, told the local media that assigning an official who served as deputy assistant secretary of state showed that the U.S. values its relations with Taiwan. Following the AIT announcement, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement welcoming the move by the U.S. "The personnel arrangement demonstrates that Taiwan plays a key role in the U.S. rebalancing to Asia policy, as stressed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry," the ministry said. "It also shows that the U.S. values its ties with Taiwan greatly." Moy served as deputy executive secretary in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009-2011, playing a part in formulating the Obama administration's rebalancing to Asia policy, the ministry said. During his tenure as deputy assistant secretary of state from July 2011-July 2014, Moy took part in the negotiations over the Agreement on Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities between Taiwan and the United States, which was signed in 2013, the ministry said. He has also helped advance economic and security relations between Taiwan and the U.S., the ministry added. In his written testimony submitted to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as deputy assistant secretary of state in March 2014, Moy reiterated the U.S. government's support for Taiwan's defensive needs and its ability to engage in dialogue with China free from coercion. Meanwhile, during several hearings in the U.S. Congress, Moy has expressed U.S. support for Taiwan's international efforts, including Taiwan's interest in joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and participating in the World Health Assembly and the International Civil Aviation Organization, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 23:50 GMT+08:00