AIT names Kin W. Moy as new chief; replaces Marut

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday announced that Kin W. Moy (������) will soon succeed incumbent AIT Taipei Director Christopher Marut as the new office chief. Previously serving as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Moy will succeed Marut this summer, the AIT said in a released statement.

Prior to that assignment, Moy served as deputy executive secretary in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it noted.

AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties. Speaking fluent Mandarin, Moy will become the first ethnic Chinese AIT Taipei director.

According to the AIT, he has also previously served as director of the executive secretariat staff in the Office of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, deputy director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia, desk officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and special assistant in the Executive Secretariat in the Office of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In addition to his Washington assignments, Moy has served in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the U.S. Consulate in Busan.

AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer yesterday told The China Post that the AIT so far does not have a more detailed timetable for when Marut will be leaving and when his post will be filled by Moy other than that it will happen this summer. Taiwan Welcomes

New AIT Director

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday welcomed Moy’s appointment. MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (���w) said Moy has been playing a part in formulating the Obama administration’s Asia rebalancing policy. He has played a part in mapping out U.S. policies in Asia-Pacific affairs and is familiar with Taipei-Washington ties, Kao noted. During previous hearings in the U.S. Congress, he expressed U.S. support for Taiwan’s international participation, including Taiwan’s interest in joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and participating in the World Health Assembly and the International Civil Aviation Organization, the ministry said. Kao said the ministry hopes Moy will continue the close cooperation between the AIT and Taiwan as well as further advance relations between the two sides on the already-established solid foundation of mutual trust. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service and holding the personal rank of Minister Counselor, Moy graduated from Columbia University and the University of Minnesota.

Moy and his wife Kathy Chen currently reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland with their four children, according to the AIT.