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Eric Chu mulling U.S. visit: KMT spokesman

Eric Chu mulling U.S. visit: KMT spokesman

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) Eric Chu (???), chairman and newly selected presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), is considering a visit the United States, but the details are still being worked out, a party spokesman said Sunday. In response to questions by CNA, the spokesman Yang Wei-chung (???) said such a trip is possible and Chu is thinking about it. Since Chu's selection Saturday as the KMT presidential candidate in place of Hung Hsiu-chu (???), local media have been reporting that he may make a one-week trip to the U.S. in November and may also visit Japan on his way back to Taiwan. Meanwhile, Sonia Urbom, spokeswoman for the American Institute in Taiwan, said earlier in the day that the U.S. welcomes visits by Taiwan's presidential candidates. She was responding to a CNA question on the possibility of a U.S. visit by Chu. On Saturday, a special KMT congress selected Chu as the party's candidate for the January 16 presidential election, nullifying the candidacy of Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???), who was confirmed as the KMT standard bearer in a party primary in July. It is believed that the decision was based on Hung's persistent poor showing in the public opinion polls relative to that of the Democratic Progressive Party candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???). (By Claudia Liu and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-23 22:45 GMT+08:00