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DPP's representative to visit U.S. next week

2012/11/30 15:19:14

Taipei, Nov. 30 (CNA) Joseph Wu, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) representative to the United States, will depart for the U.S. on Monday for a one-week visit.

Wu will be accompanied by former National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Antonio Chiang, former Mainland Affairs Council deputy chief David Huang and Liu Shih-chung, head of the DPP's Department of International Affairs.

Wu, who served as Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the U.S. from 2007 to 2008 under the former DPP administration, said the main focus of the trip will be to prepare for the establishment of the DPP's representative office in the U.S.

The delegation will also call on U.S. government officials, members of Congress, and major think tanks as well as leaders of Taiwanese expatriate communities, Wu said.

He rejected speculations that the trip has been organized to compete with King Pu-tsung, Taiwan's newly appointed de facto ambassador to the United States, who is scheduled to leave for Washington Saturday to assume his post.

According to DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng, the party's U.S. representative office will likely be launched next summer, and DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang will visit America at that time to preside over the opening ceremony.

(By Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low)