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National interest main consideration whether to visit U.S.: Hung

National interest main consideration whether to visit U.S.: Hung

Taipei, June 20 (CNA)
Ruling Kuomintang presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu said Saturday that national interest will be her prime consideration in deciding whether to visit the United States.
"The United States is our closest and most important ally, and it is very important to maintain relations with the United States," she said.
She also stressed that only statements coming directly from her or her spokesperson could be considered to reflect her views on cross-Taiwan Strait relations and the issue of the U.S. visit.
Hung made the remarks after KMT Chairman Eric Chu said earlier Saturday that arrangements will be made for Hung to visit the United States after she is confirmed as the party's official presidential candidate at the party's national convention set for July 19.
Chu said the KMT will communicate with the U.S. side on the date of Hung's visit, with August and September both possible times.
Hung said her cross-strait policy has been clearly expressed and that she believes the U.S. government and think tanks have understood it. She said her campaign team will maintain close contact with the U.S. side, and if the U.S. side has any questions, her team will provide a clear explanation. Besides national interest, another consideration in deciding whether to visit the United States is whether there is enough time to make the trip, she said.
When she is confirmed as the party's official candidate, there will be less than six months left before the election, she said.
Hung said after she is officially nominated by the party, she will arrange a meeting with Kin Moy, director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, to discuss the relationship between Taiwan, the United States and China. (By Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-25 03:57 GMT+08:00