KMT sends official to take charge of opening Washington office

11/29/2021 07:41 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) announced Monday that its deputy director of international affairs Eric Huang (黃裕鈞) will head to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to help reopen the party's office in the United States.

The office, which was shuttered in 2008 shortly after former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took office, will be tasked with bolstering two-way communication between the party and policymakers in the U.S., according to a statement from the KMT.

In a Facebook post, Eric Huang pledged to do his utmost to carry out the mission that KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) had passed on to him.

According to the head of the KMT's Department of International affairs Alexander Huang (黃介正), Eric Huang had solicited advice from several international relations experts from within the party prior to his departure.

Those consulted by Eric Huang include former Minister of Foreign Affairs Jason Hu (胡志強), Taiwan's former representative to Singapore Hu Wei-jen (胡為真), and former National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi (蘇起).

Alexander Huang had stated on Oct. 21 that the establishment of the office was aimed at letting those in the U.S. hear alternative voices on Taiwan outside of narrative framings put forward by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

He added that if the KMT returned to power, the party's U.S. office would serve the interests of both the U.S. and Taiwan.

Upon assuming the KMT chairmanship in early October, Chu promised to reopen the party's representative office in the U.S., saying that it would restore mutual trust and two-way communication.

Meanwhile, there have been no further clues as to who will serve as the KMT's representative to Washington.

Chu was reportedly planning to attend the office's inauguration next spring as part of a wider tour of the U.S.

(By Flor Wang and Wang Cheng-chung)

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