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Han Kuo-yu cancels US trip, citing time constraints (2019/10/18)
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    Han Kuo-yu cancels US trip, citing time constraints (2019/10/18)

    KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu has canceled his planned visit to the U.S., which was originally slated for November. The mayor made the announcement on Friday after a closed-door meeting with AIT Chairman James Moriarty. Han told reporters the decision was due to his campaign schedule, which was under tight time constraints.

    Not long after taking an extended leave of absence, Han returned to work for a half day on Friday to sit down with the AIT’s chairman.

    James Moriarty
    AIT chairman
    Your warm welcome is an expression of the long connection between Taiwan and the United States, which as I keep on telling people, is perhaps stronger now than it has been at any point in the 40 years since the Taiwan Relations Act.

    The pair reportedly touched upon election issues. Han’s key campaign advisers Su Chi and Chao Chien-min were present to support him in talks with the official. Han told media that during his closed-door talks with Moriarty, he’d said he would not be making it to the U.S. before Election Day.

    Han Kuo-yu
    Kaohsiung mayor
    There are only 80 days remaining before the elections. The campaign tour spans Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, and I haven’t even completed the first trip. This trip to the U.S. … due to time constraints, I will not be able to complete it as I’d hoped to. But I guarantee that next year, after the ballots are cast, if it is possible, I will immediately visit the U.S.

    Han cited time constraints, but a report says his adviser Su had fiercely opposed to the visit. According to the report, the adviser pushed him to cancel due to concerns that the mayor was unprepared and would be rebuffed by Washington.

    Liu Shih-fang
    DPP lawmaker
    It could be that Han himself realizes that he isn’t able to engage well in discussion about cross-strait and international relations. So he’s thinking he may as well take an automatic zero on the test.

    Han’s campaign office says it’s making plans for Han’s wife Lee Chia-fen to visit the U.S. in his place and to meet with Taiwanese expat communities.

    中文 Chinese  
    韓國瑜上午銷假會莫健 下午證實取消訪美

    高雄市長韓國瑜放長假拚大選,但18日上午突然銷假半天,回到高雄市政府,會見美國在台協會主席莫健,當面告知他因為時間壓力,取消11月訪美行程,下午韓國瑜出面表示是因為選舉時程壓力大,但外傳其實韓國瑜國政顧問團成員蘇起擔心韓國瑜準備不足,遭到美方打臉,反而失分,強烈反對他訪美。

    請長假去拼大選的韓國瑜,銷假半天,回來上班,就是為了跟美國在台協會主席莫健碰面。

    [[美國在台協會主席 莫健]]
    “您的歡迎很熱誠,就表示了,長期以來美國與台灣的關係非常堅韌,尤其我一再地告訴大家,目前美台關係是台灣關係法,40年前設立以來,最強健的時期”

    這場會面,還是跟選舉脫不了關係,包含韓國瑜國政顧問團負責兩岸小組的蘇起、趙建民都列席,無非就是要強化韓陣營跟美方關係。但韓國瑜後來卻在閉門會議上,親自告知莫健,選前這段時間確定不訪美。

    [[高雄市長 韓國瑜]]
    “因為這一次選舉只剩下80多天,台澎金馬跑起來,我還沒有完全跑完第一趟。這一趟美國之行,可能因為時間的壓力,我沒有辦法成行,但是我保證明年投票投完之後,有可能的話,我立刻會去美國拜訪”

    韓國瑜的解釋是時間不夠,但卻傳出主因是蘇起強烈反對他訪美,因為擔心他準備不足,遭到美方打臉,反而扣分。

    [[立委(民) 劉世芳]]
    “恐怕他(韓國瑜)自己也了解到,他自己沒有辦法在兩岸,或者是說在外交關係,
    做比較好的論述,所以乾脆就是零分”

    韓國瑜競選辦公室表示,將規劃韓國瑜妻子李佳芬代為訪美,拜會海外僑胞。

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