Taiwanese Association of America writes letter to AIT against Taipei Mayor

Ko fails to understand U.S. support and is moving closer to China: TAA

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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je in New York.

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je in New York. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The Taiwanese Association of America wrote a letter to the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to complain about negative remarks by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on relations between Taiwan and the United States.

The mayor is currently touring the U.S. in a move which is widely seen as a form of preparation for an eventual candidacy in the January 2020 presidential elections.

Ko has made negative comments about Taiwan-U.S. relations and has been moving closer to China, wrote Shawfang Jeng (鄭劭方), the president of the Taiwan Association of America.

Ko characterized the relationship with Washington as “transactional” and described military aid as a useless “flat drill bit,” the letter said.

“His ignorance in the arena of strategic initiatives illustrates ignorance in that U.S. support has been a major point in deterring war in the Taiwan Strait for 60 years,” according to Jeng’s letter addressed to AIT Chairman James Moriarty.

The association also accused Ko of abandoning his principles and currying favor with China. “With every comment and action he voices, he continues to move closer to the agenda of the Chinese communist party,” Jeng writes, “The more pleased they are with Mayor Ko’s ideology, the more concerned we are as American citizens.”

The Taiwanese Association of America advised AIT and the U.S. government to “thread carefully” and “exercise caution” when approving future visits by Ko, the Liberty Times reported.