United Kingdom’s top envoy visits KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — UK’s de facto ambassador to Taiwan yesterday visited Deputy Legislative Speaker and likely Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (�x�q�W). During a 30-minute closed-door meeting, UK representative to Taiwan and head of the British Office, Chris Wood, congratulated Hung on her upcoming nomination as KMT’s presidential candidate, Hung’s spokesman Philip Yang (���é�) told reporters yesterday following the meeting. The conversation was conducted in Mandarin. Wood said now it is highly likely that Taiwan’s next president will be female given the fact that Hung is expected to represent the KMT and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate is Tsai Ing-wen. Wood believes that having a female leader will have a positive effect on Taiwan society. The envoy also expressed his interest in learning about Hung’s cross-strait policy.

In response, Hung said she will continue to advance cross-strait relations based on the ��1992 Consensus,�� which is an agreement reached between the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China that there is but one China, with each side of the Taiwan Strait having a different interpretation of what that means. Hung also said she hopes to continue to push for Taiwan’s ultimate inclusion in regional economic blocs such as TPP and RCEP, Yang said. During their meetings, the UK envoy gave Hung a book about the UK as a gift �X in return, Hung presented the envoy with a ceramic tea cup.