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Departing AIT head honored by Taiwan

2018/07/03 16:00:30

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Kin Moy (center)

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The de facto American ambassador to Taiwan Kin Moy was honored Tuesday for advancing bilateral relations, and he said he was confident that U.S.-Taiwan ties would continue to prosper.

Moy, who is at the end of his three-year tenure as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), thanked his AIT colleagues after accepting the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon honor from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office.

"On behalf of all of the men and women at AIT who serve with such distinction. I accept this award with pride," said Moy, who will step down from his post in mid-July.

Moy said his AIT colleagues have shared his vision of expanding areas of cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan "not because of some zero-sum games but because it is the right thing to do for the American people and for the people of Taiwan."

In helping realize that vision, they have also reassured everyone on this island that "the U.S. will remain supportive of Taiwan," Moy said. "They are the reasons I am so confident that our partnership with Taiwan will continue to prosper long, long after I'm gone."

As ever, Moy showed self-deprecating humor, saying that leaving the AIT position means "I don't have a job right now" and he hoped Tsai could "pull a few strings" for him.

Moy received the honor in recognition of his "extraordinary achievements" in advancing the relations between Taiwan and the U.S. and as an expression of the sincere gratitude of the government of Taiwan and its people, the citation said.

Tsai congratulated Moy for achieving the three goals he set for himself three years ago -- to cultivate positive bilateral relations between Taiwan and the U.S. based on mutual trust, to help Taiwan's people realize that Taiwan has no better friend than the U.S., and to oversee the completion of the new AIT office complex in Neihu, Taipei.

"Through your efforts and assistance, Taiwan and the U.S. have achieved many accomplishments, bilateral relations have prospered, and many important milestones have been reached," the president said.

In both official and private exchanges, Moy has played a dynamic role in promoting Taiwan-U.S. relations, she said. "We hope that the strong momentum will continue to grow so that our countries can enjoy even deeper and more flourishing relations in the years to come."

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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