高雄市長韓國瑜4月12日繼續展開訪美行程,接受媒體訪問時談到他在哈佛大學「費正清中國議題研究中心(Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies)」的演講與座談中,美方對他的深入提問「已經超出市長層次」,且美方非常重視「台灣前途」議題。他雖盡力回答與滿足學者的需求,但「有些地方超過我職責所在,我就沒有百分百的答出來」。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) joined a closed-door seminar at the invitation of Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies on April 12. In response to media inquiries, Han said that the U.S. values Taiwan’s future prospects greatly, but it was beyond his duties and capabilities to reply to some of the questions raised by U.S. scholars during the seminar.

韓國瑜表示,他的演講大約20分鐘,與學者、聽眾互動大約90分鐘。至於他20分鐘的報告內容,比較偏重高雄市民的生活改善與未來發展,也表達台灣人民目前對於生活需求比較關切,也更「貨真價實」比較政治人物為他們帶來什麼。

Following his speech, which lasted around twenty minutes, the mayor interacted with the audience and answered scholar’s questions. During his presentation, Han put his emphasis on the future development of Kaohsiung and what he thought politicians can do for Taiwanese people.

對於美方許多尖銳問題,例如「兩岸之間的現狀在改變中,請問你要怎麼面對?國防預算怎麼看?軍公教年金的改革?預算怎麼平衡?」韓國瑜說「我不知道美方怎麼定位我,但顯然不是一個市長能回答的問題,但我盡可能,講出我所理解與觀察到的,來滿足學者所提出來的問題需求」。

Asked about his take on cross-strait relations and his opinion on military spending, pension reform, and the balance of national budget, Han said, “I don’t know if the U.S. sees me as a potential candidate, but clearly this is not something a city mayor can say. I tried my best to express my observations and I hope that I’ve answered their questions.”