AIT chair Burghardt arrives in Taiwan for five-day visit
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has arrived in Taipei for a five-day-trip, the AIT announced yesterday.
January 30, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
While in Taiwan, Burghardt will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and a variety of major figures in politics and business, the AIT said in a released statement.
This is Burghardt's 14th trip to Taiwan since his appointment as AIT's chair in February of 2006.
In a separate statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) welcomed the AIT chair's visit, saying it signifies closer two-way ties and shows the current U.S. administration highly values bilateral relations.
Aside from Ma, Burghardt will also meet with National Security Council head Jason Yuan, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu, Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuo-yu and Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, it said.
The AIT chair last visited Taiwan in May 2012 to attend Ma's second term inauguration, it added.
He is scheduled to leave Taiwan on Feb. 2.
Burghardt was the director of AIT's Taipei office from 1999 to 2001.
His previous assignments include the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam and the U.S. consul general in Shanghai, as well as postings at U.S. embassies in Asia and Latin America.
In Washington, he served on the staff of the National Security Council.
He is currently the director of East-West Seminars at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, a position he holds concurrently with his AIT position.