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President to take part in Stanford discussion via videoconference

President to take part in Stanford discussion via videoconference

Taipei, May 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) will speak via live video feed at a panel discussion hosted by Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law next week, the Presidential Office said Friday. The discussion will begin at 9 a.m. June 3 Taipei time (6 p.m. June 2 U.S. West coast time) at the Bechtel Conference Room. Ma's speech will focus on the firm Taiwan-U.S. partnership since World War II and Taiwan's role in regional security, the office said in a statement. After the speech, Ma will take questions from the participants, it said. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will serve as the moderator of the panel discussion. Panelists of the event will be Lanhee J. Chen, former chief policy advisor to U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Thomas Fingar, former chairman of the National Intelligence Council. This will be the sixth time for the president to hold a videoconference with important opinion leaders in the United States, the Presidential office said. Last year, Ma held a videoconference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Also Friday, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (???) dismissed media speculation that the videoconference has been arranged to compete with opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???), who will give a speech at the CSIS on June 4. Lin said arrangements for the event had been made long ago and have nothing to do with Tsai's U.S. visit. (By Claudia Liu, Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 11:16 GMT+08:00