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KMT presidential candidate to explain Ma-Xi meeting during U.S. visit

KMT presidential candidate to explain Ma-Xi meeting during U.S. visit

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (???) said Tuesday that during his scheduled visit to the United States, he will explain the recent meeting between the top leaders of Taiwan and China from the perspective of the ruling party. Speaking to the press after his meeting with U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon, Chu said the U.S. Congress considers the historic meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) an important milestone in the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations. The KMT chairman, who will depart for the United States Tuesday evening, said his visit is aimed at discussing cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. in all aspects, as well as exchanging opinions about the recent developments in cross-strait relations. Given that the U.S. is expected to be concerned about the Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore on Nov. 7, Chu said he will explain the encounter to U.S. officials from the KMT's perspective. In response to criticism by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that Ma has tilted toward China's stance on the "one China" issue during his meeting with Xi, Chu urged the public to use a broad perspective to judge the Ma-Xi meeting in order to avoid more political conflicts in Taiwan. Chu's U.S. visit will take him to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco. His delegation will include Jason Yuan (???), former Taiwan representative to the United States; former Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (???); Ho Szu-yin (???), former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council; Lin Yi-hua (???), chief of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee; and Kuo Yun-kuang (???), director of the KMT's Department of Overseas and International Affairs. After arriving in Los Angeles, the first leg of his U.S trip, Chu will hold a news conference and attend a welcome dinner hosted by Taiwanese expatriates living in the Southwestern United States, according to an itinerary released by the KMT. Chu will later head to Washington D.C., the highlight of his trip, where he is expected to meet White House and State Department officials. In New York, Chu will interact with the Taiwanese expatriate community, give an interview with the Voice of America and attend a discussion led by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. The final leg of Chu's U.S. trip will be San Francisco, where he will take part in a welcome party held by Taiwanese expatriates in the Bay Area. (By Tai Ya-chen, Claudia Liu and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 20:30 GMT+08:00