Official denies interfering with expats in Los Angeles
CNALOS ANGELES--A Taiwanese official denied on Tuesday that Taiwan's office in Los Angeles had interfered with exchanges between Taiwanese and Chinese expatriates.
January 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Kung Chung-chen, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, was responding to Chinese-language reports that the office pressured Taiwanese expatriates into avoiding a banquet in honor of Chen Yunlin, president of Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, in Los Angeles, last week.
Some Chinese expatriates also criticized the office for interfering with exchanges between them and Taiwanese expatriates, charges that Kung rejected.
“I have never interfered with exchanges between Chinese and Taiwanese expatriates,” he said.
He said that those who went to the event may have had their own considerations, which he respected, but he also believed that most Taiwanese expatriates were “in step with the office” and could balance the dignity of the nation and individual interests.
Kung also complained about repeated Chinese suppression of Taiwan in the Los Angeles area.