KMT picks U.S. liaison office location

Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has decided to set up its liaison office in the United States at a location not far from the White House, a KMT official familiar with the matter said Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the KMT's liaison office will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which connects the Capitol building to the White House in Washington, D.C., but no further details were provided.

The KMT last had an office in the U.S. in the 2000s before it was closed shortly after the KMT's Ma Ying-jeou (???) became Taiwan's president in 2008.

At the end of November this year, the KMT sent Eric Huang (???), its deputy director of international affairs, to Washington to help reopen the liaison office to rebuild its base for interacting with the United States.

This came after former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) assumed the role of the KMT chairman in October and pledged to deepen the party's relationship with Washington while maintaining its ties with Beijing.

At a press conference Tuesday, Alexander Huang (???), head of the KMT's Department of International Affairs, said the planned liaison office will likely open after the Jan. 29-Feb. 6 Lunar New Year holiday in 2022.

On Friday, the KMT official said Chu, who is planning to visit the U.S. at about the same time, would attend the office's inaugural ceremony and announce the party's representative to the U.S.

According to the KMT official, members of the liaison office will hold closed-door meetings with American officials, think tank representatives and individual scholars specializing in Asia-Pacific affairs beginning in January.

Similar events will also be organized in Boston in February to allow the KMT to communicate its position on various issues with the U.S., the official said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel