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【SDG 17】New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih Meets US Delegation After Election: Taiwan's Democracy Deepens, Gratitude to US for Its Attention

2024-01-15


Mayor Hou Yu-ih of New Taipei City met today with a bipartisan US delegation.

New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih, representing the Kuomintang (KMT) in the presidential election, met today with a bipartisan US delegation. This delegation included former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley, former Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, and Laura Rosenberger, Chair of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The mayor and the delegation discussed various aspects of the recent election.


(Left) Laura Rosenberger, Chair of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); (Right) New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih.

In his address, Mayor Hou expressed gratitude for the US's attention to the election and appreciated Chair Rosenberger and AIT for maintaining effective communication with the opposition in recent months. His visit to the US last September, assisted by Chair Rosenberger, was highly successful. In a brief two-day stay in Washington D.C., he met with 16 bipartisan members of Congress, ensuring good communication with various US sectors. His primary focus now is to continue advancing municipal governance and the development of New Taipei City.



(Left) Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley; (Right) New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih.

Mayor Hou also extended special thanks to Legislator Johnny Chiang, who accompanied the delegation and had joined him on the US visit last year. He anticipates collaborating with the new congress and New Taipei legislators following the election to secure funding for development projects. AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk was also present with the delegation. Others attending the meeting with Mayor Hou included Legislator William Tseng, Professor Lu Yeh-chung from the Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University, Professor Tso Chen-dong from the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, and the Director-General of the Secretariat, Rao Qing-yu.


AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk also accompanied the delegation today. Others who joined Mayor Hou at the meeting included Legislator William Tseng, Professor Lu Yeh-chung from the Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University, Professor Tso Chen-dong from the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, and the Director-General of the Secretariat, Rao Qing-yu.
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