Kaohsiung mayor invited to speak at Harvard University

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 Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu

Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) Harvard University's Fairbank Center for China Studies has invited Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to deliver a speech at the university, Michael Szonyi, the center's director, has confirmed.

Szonyi said details related to Han's appearance at the university are still being discussed, and the center will formally announce Han's visit once plans have been finalized.

Voice of America's Chinese-language service first reported on Han's planned U.S. trip Tuesday. Han confirmed the report with CNA later in the day, saying he will visit Boston in April or May.

Han said five professors from Harvard University invited him to deliver a speech at the university during their visit to Taiwan about 20 days ago, and he accepted the invitation.

He said his speech will likely focus on the effect of Taiwan's 2018 local elections on its democratic politics.

Han also intends to meet with Taiwanese compatriots in the United States during a trip that will last five to seven days and take him to both coasts of the country.

Szonyi said in an email response to CNA questions on Han's visit that the Chinese studies center has indeed sent a letter of invitation to Han and expects that he will accept it.

The Taipei City government, meanwhile, confirmed last week that Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) will visit the U.S. in March, traveling to four major cities in the eastern United States -- Atlanta, New York, Washington, and Boston.

(By Chiang Chin-ye and Evelyn Kao)

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