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Christopher Marut concludes tenure as AIT Taipei director

Christopher Marut concludes tenure as AIT Taipei director

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Christopher Marut concluded his three-year tenure as the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Friday and also departed for the United States the same day, according to the AIT. "Director Marut extends his thanks to all of the people of Taiwan for having offered him a tremendously rewarding and enriching three years," the AIT said in a statement Friday. The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. Before his departure, Marut was awarded the Order of the Brilliant Star by President Ma Ying-jeou (???) Wednesday in recognition of his contributions to deepening U.S.-Taiwan relations. According to a post on AIT's Facebook page, Marut said that he accepted the award on behalf of the AIT team and that "Taiwan is an amazing success story -- as a dynamic democracy, an entrepreneurial, high technology economy, and a caring, cultured and educated society with deeply rooted beliefs in freedom and openness, human rights." Marut will be succeeded by Kin Moy, whose 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. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 19:35 GMT+08:00