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President Ma may give speech at Harvard University

President Ma may give speech at Harvard University

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) may give a speech at his alma mater, Harvard University, during a transit stop in the United States during a state visit to Latin America in July, Vice Foreign Minister Andrew Kao Jen-chuan (???) said Wednesday. Kao said Ma is planning to travel to Latin America this summer and will make transit stops in the U.S. before and after his visits to diplomatic allies in the Americas, but details still have to finalized, Kao said. At a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Kao said in response to a question from opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Huang Wei-cher (???) that the possibility of Ma speaking at Harvard had not been ruled out. Ma obtained a S.J.D. degree from Harvard in 1981. Kao said Ma is likely to visit at least three countries in the Americas that have formal ties with Taiwan during his trip. If Ma has time available on his transit stay in the U.S., a speaking appearance at Harvard University would not be ruled out, Kao said, but such a plan would still have to be discussed with the U.S. Kao said that while Taiwan and the U.S. do not have diplomatic relations, Washington has always given Taiwanese presidents certain conveniences when they transit in the country, and Ma's transit stops should be straightforward and without any political content. Ma's trip will come after DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???), who will represent her party in the 2016 presidential election, will visit six U.S. cities during her 12-day trip that begins Friday.
Kao said that because Tsai is the DPP's candidate in the upcoming presidential election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will give her any necessary assistance. Tsai's office told the Foreign Ministry that it is arranging the DPP chairwoman's itinerary, but the ministry said it would be able to provide routine assistance, such as preferential immigration and customs clearance in Taiwan. (By Tang Pei-chun and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:49 GMT+08:00