Chu held talks with U.S. officials on visit to Washington

11/13/2015 10:02 AM
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Chu on his way to a meeting at the U.S. National Security Council
Chu on his way to a meeting at the U.S. National Security Council

Washington, Nov. 12 (CNA) Eric Chu, chairman presidential candidate of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, held talks with U.S. officials in Washington Thursday, with neither side revealing any details of their discussions.

"Everything that should have been said and discussed was covered," Chu told reporters after going to the U.S. State Department for the second time in a day.

He said when leaving the Harry S Truman Building that he had met with friends that he should call on while in Washington and they had "very good and pleasant discussions".

"The atmosphere (of the talks) was excellent," he added.

As of late Thursday, neither the State Department, nor the White House or the other U.S. government agencies that Chu called on had responded to reporters' questions about the meetings.

In line with long-standing U.S. policy, officials have said little about Chu's activities while in Washington, with a State Department spokesman saying earlier in the week only that the United States was looking forward to his visit.

It is believed that Chu returned to the State Department in the late afternoon to meet Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In addition to the two meetings at Foggy Bottom, Chu was seen driven into the White House compound late morning for a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with Daniel Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs of the White House National Security Council.

He also had a working lunch with Abraham Denmark, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, and later held talks with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman before having the meeting with Blinken.

Chu is in Washington for two days as part of his visit to the United States. Other cities on his tour are Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

In addition to talks with U.S. officials, the New Taipei mayor are meeting Taiwanese expatriates in the country to drum up support in the run-up to the presidential election on January 16.

His opponent Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, had a similar visit to the United States in late May and early June. Blinken was also the most senior U.S. official that she met during her stop in Washington.

(By Tony Liao and Rita Cheng)

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