By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, June 24 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday it is up to a
presidential candidate to decide whether to visit the United States before the elections in January.
It is not necessary for all presidential candidates to go to the U.S. but they have autonomy to decide whether to go there to speak about their political platforms, Ma said in response to reporters’ questions during a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“It depends on each candidate’s assessment,” he said, addressing the media and foreign affairs officials on his administration’s achievements in the area of “viable diplomacy.”
Citing his own experience, Ma said he did not visit the U.S. during his presidential campaigns ahead of the 2008 or 2012 elections, both of which he won on the Kuomintang (KMT) ticket. [FULL STORY]