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Diplomat denies filling out forms related to the cancellation of Ma's green card

Diplomat denies filling out forms related to the cancellation of Ma's green card

A former diplomat who now works for opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) campaign yesterday denied a local newspaper's allegation that he went to the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's unofficial mission in Taipei, on February 28 to possibly handle matters related to abandoning Ma's green card.
The headline story in yesterday's Chinese-language Liberty Times said that a staff member from Ma's camp surnamed Feng went to the AIT and stayed there for quite a long time. The report raised suspicions that Feng might have gone there to officially abandon Ma's green card. The question of whether Ma holds a green card has been turned into a major campaign issue recently by Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).
Following up on the Liberty Times story, Hsieh's camp told reporters at a press conference that Feng stayed at the AIT for the whole afternoon, and demanded that Ma's camp make a clear account of whether Feng had been there to fill out Form I-407 (Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status) or do some other things related to the abandonment of Ma's alleged green card.
However, John Feng, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic to whom the news story alluded, told reporters at a news conference that he is Ma's international department chief and is responsible for establishing contact with foreign representatives and diplomats in Taiwan. Feng said he was there for a routine chat and to have coffee with an AIT official in the Grand Hotel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, exchanging opinions on current political and electoral situations in Taiwan. He said he was also pressing the AIT official to provide proof of the invalidity of Ma's old green card.
The talk between him and the official lasted about an hour, Feng said, adding that he did not even go to the AIT that day, nor did he fill out any forms related to the cancellation of a green card, as the newspaper alleged. However, Feng neither revealed the identity of the AIT official nor the content of their talk, citing diplomatic etiquette.
In response to the Liberty Times story, Ma told media earlier yesterday that the newspaper has special motives. "We couldn't stop it (the newspaper). I emphasized no such thing had happened. It was totally untrue."
Ma's campaign headquarters also held a press conference yesterday morning to address the newspaper's allegations, saying that the paper had failed to check its sources for an important headline story, and that the paper had degraded itself by acting as a mouthpiece for a certain political group.


Updated : 2021-06-13 04:22 GMT+08:00