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Incoming AIT director sends goodwill message to Taiwan

2018/08/10 19:50:17

Brent Christensen (酈英傑) / image taken from Christensen's video on AIT Facebook

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) Brent Christensen (酈英傑), who will soon start as the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, said in an online video Friday he is looking forward to promoting cooperation between the United States and Taiwan.

Video taken from AIT Facebook

Christensen, scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on Saturday, said in the video posted on the AIT's official Facebook page that he was very glad to have had the opportunity twice before during his diplomatic career to have been stationed in Taiwan.

His first overseas post was with AIT, and he then was stationed at AIT again as its deputy director 20 years later, Christensen said, and he described returning now as the director as "fate."

As the new director, Christensen said he was looking forward to working with everyone to promote good and friendly economic and cultural relations between Taiwan and the U.S.

AIT will celebrate two important milestones in the coming months, Christensen said.

The first is AIT's Taipei Office will officially relocate to the city's Neihu District and the second is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.

Christensen has over 29 years experience in the U.S Foreign Service and has extensive experience in senior positions relating to Taiwan and China, the AIT said in a previous statement.

Christensen served as deputy director of AIT's Taipei office from 2012 to 2015.

Prior to that, he was director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Taiwan Coordination, where he had a primary role in formulating U.S. policy towards Taiwan, the statement said.

He has also served as a senior level career development advisor in the State Department's Human Resources Bureau and as the foreign policy advisor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), the statement said.

Christensen also served as a Congressional Fellow on the staff of Senator Olympia Snowe and as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

(By Elaine Hou and William Yen)