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U.S. will treat each Taiwan presidential candidate equally: Kin Moy

U.S. will treat each Taiwan presidential candidate equally: Kin Moy

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday that the United States will treat each presidential candidate from Taiwan on an equal footing and with equal respect when they visit the U.S. Kin Moy made the remarks in response to questions about a planned U.S. visit in November by Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu (???). The AIT represents the U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. Moy said he had an opportunity to meet with Chu last week, during which he told him that the U.S. welcomes him to visit. Noting that the U.S. engages with all major political parties in Taiwan, he said at a press conference that "we will treat all of the candidates on an equal footing with equal respect" if they have the intention to visit the U.S. However, Moy said that "it is too early" to talk about the details of Chu's visit to the U.S., when asked whom Chu will meet during his trip there. Chu's visit will follow a 12-day trip made by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) that ended in early June. During that trip, Tsai was able to meet with senior officials from the State Department and the White House, as well as several congressional members. Recent opinion polls have found that Tsai enjoys a comfortable lead over the KMT's Chu and James Soong (???), chairman and presidential candidate of the People First Party. Moy reiterated that the U.S. does not take sides in elections overseas. It is the Taiwanese people who should make the decision in the January presidential elections, he said. Whoever is elected, the U.S. will continue to foster "this strong and endurable relationship" with Taiwan, he said. On the issue of relations across the Taiwan Strait, he repeated the U.S. support for a dialogue between Taipei and Beijing, which he said increases peace and stability not only across the strait, but also in the entire region. In response to questions on whether the U.S. is concerned that cross-strait ties would deteriorate if the DPP's Tsai wins the election, he said it is too early to speculate on the future development of the relations in the Taiwan Strait. "We believe that dialogue between the two sides should come at a pace, a scope and a manner that is consistent with the desires of the people on both sides," he said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 19:37 GMT+08:00