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New representative to U.S. reiterates 'three nos' in bilateral ties

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/03 16:16:32

Washington D.C., Dec. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's new representative to the United States said Sunday the country will try to maintain "three nos" in relations with the U.S. -- "no surprises, no time lags and no errors."

King Pu-tsung, who arrived in Washington to assume his post a day earlier, also said he will "listen, watch and learn more but talk less" for the time being, hoping to familiarize himself with the job as soon as possible.

As Taiwan's representative to the U.S., King said his job is to work in the interests of his country, adding he will serve all the people that support Taiwan's interests, regardless of their party affiliations.

At three meetings with Taiwanese expatriates, King attempted to create bridges by saying he is connected to both Taiwan's Hoklo and Hakka ethnic groups.

The 56-year-old official told several pro-Taiwan independence groups that he was born in Tainan, southern Taiwan and can speak Southern Min, the dialect spoken by the Hoklo group.

"When I quarrel with people, they would know I definitely don't have an accent," King said in Southern Min.

King also introduced himself as a "Hakka son-in-law" in the Hakka dialect, adding that his wife of Hakka origin will also help him work with Hakka Taiwanese expatriates.

Also at the events, King said he looked forward to meeting Joseph Wu, his opposition Democratic Progressive Party counterpart, after he arrives in Washington later this week.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Kendra Lin)

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