US will not interfere in Taiwan presidential election: AIT Chair

AIT Chairman James Moriarty expressed confidence US-Taiwan relation will remain strong no matter which party gains presidency

AIT Chairman James Moriarty shakes hands with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou

AIT Chairman James Moriarty shakes hands with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At a symposium discussing Taiwan’s future prospects after 40 years of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) held at National Taiwan University on Monday, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman, James Moriarty, was asked about the U.S. view of Taiwan’s upcoming presidential elections.

In response, Moriarty emphasized that the U.S. will not endorse any party, and will respect the democratic process in Taiwan. The U.S. is prepared to work with any future president, and will not intervene in the Taiwanese elections, according to the AIT Chairman.

The question was addressed during a panel discussion which included Foxconn CEO Terry Gou (郭台銘), who expressed some frustration with the political parties in Taiwan. Gou also emphasized in his remarks that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship would remain strong despite any friction that may arise following the next presidential election.

However, Gou, who some speculate may be a potential presidential candidate himself, shared his view that political parties and candidates in Taiwan “should listen to what the Americans have to say,” reports LTN.

Following Gou’s remarks, Moriarty stressed that Taiwan’s democratic system of governance is what ensures a strong and stable relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Regardless of who the Taiwanese people choose as their leader, from the perspective of the U.S., the most important aspect of the elections is that they are a free and fair process that reflects the genuine will of the Taiwanese people.

For this reason, the U.S. will remain neutral and will not endorse any party or candidate, said the AIT Chairman.