AIT chairman met with lawmakers in private, source says

SCUTTLEBUTT:The AIT chairman reportedly traveled to Taiwan after a briefing from high-ranking US government officials, an unnamed source said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 30, 2017
By: Peng Wan-hsin, Chiu Yen-ling and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writer

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty on Thursday met with Legislative Yuan President Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) and Wang Ding-yu (王定宇), a source said.

The meeting, which was described as “cordial,” took place at AIT Deputy Director Robert Forden’s residence and participants discussed Taiwan’s defense, according to an unnamed source who claimed knowledge of the meeting.

Moriarty allegedly told Su and the legislators that Taiwan must show its will to defend itself.

Moriarty, who formally served as a diplomat in Taiwan, was said to have invited Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers Jason Hsu (許毓仁) and Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), but they were unable to attend the meeting, the source said.

Later on the same day, Moriarty met New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維).

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