Legislators praise outgoing AIT director as good friend of Taiwan

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Kin Moy (梅健華)

Kin Moy (梅健華)

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Legislators from across the political spectrum on Sunday praised Kin Moy (梅健華), outgoing director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), as a close friend of the people of Taiwan who has helped deepen relations between the United States and Taiwan.

Moy, who came to Taiwan in June 2015 to serve as de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan, is scheduled to leave office in mid-July.

The AIT director has integrated into Taiwanese society quite well and has grown familiar with the local cultural scene, according to Legislator Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) of the New Power Party also praised Moy for the strengthened interaction between the AIT and Taiwanese people through social media.

Since assuming office, Moy has also made use of social media, including AIT's Facebook page, frequently posting updates on his travels around Taiwan with a humorous touch, boosting AIT's local visibility. In three years, the number of followers of AIT's Facebook page has grown from about 30,000 to more than 97,000.

Moy has been an active promoter of U.S.-Taiwan relations, so much so that even the Taiwanese public are aware of the improvement of ties between the two countries, KMT Legislator Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) said.

Commenting on Brent Christensen, the former AIT deputy director who will assume Moy's position, Chiang described Christensen as a diplomat who is already familiar with Taiwan affairs.

Lim also added that he believes the incoming AIT director, who also has experience in senior positions related to Taiwan and China, will further help consolidate ties between the two countries.

"I have no doubt that the cooperation and friendship between Taiwan and the United States will be further deepened," Lim said of Christensen.

(By Justin Su and Ko Lin)

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