Envoy to US stands in for president at meet with expatriate group


LOS ANGELES — King Pu-tsung, the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) representative to the United States, offered greetings on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou and presented an inscribed plaque to an overseas Chinese group in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

King was attending the ceremony on behalf of Ma, who missed the event after cutting short a planned 37-hour transit stop in Los Angeles on his way home to Taiwan from the Caribbean to six hours because of a tropical storm heading in Taiwan’s direction.

During his remarks at the gathering with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Los Angeles, King promised that he would find a way to have Ma meet with the association the next time the president passed through Los Angeles. Speaking on Ma’s recently concluded diplomatic tour, King noted that Taiwan and the U.S. have restored mutual trust in recent years, seen by the courteous reception given Ma by the U.S. government during Ma’s two transit stops in the country. Ma began his five-nation tour Aug. 11 with a visit to Haiti after a transit stop in New York. He also visited three other Caribbean allies — St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Kitts and Nevis — and Paraguay in South America, where he attended the inauguration of Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes. The plaque presented to the group on behalf of the president read “Wen De Hsing Kuo” in Mandarin, which means morality can revive a country. The last Republic of China president to have given the association a plaque was the late Chiang Kai-shek. Also on Tuesday, King visited the Ma’s Family Association in Los Angeles, where he presented another plaque and received one in return from Taiwanese expatriates there.