台灣反對黨，國民黨（中國國民黨）於2022年 6 月在華盛頓特區設立了代表處，黃裕鈞（Eric Huang ）是其常駐代表。 《POLITICO》的「中國觀察」專欄坐下來與Eric討論國民黨在華盛頓的動向及其對美台關係的看法。
Ａ：我們的官方政策是我們支持戰略模糊。 我們支持維持現狀。我認為美國正在朝著更明確的對台政策邁進 這意味著美國可能不會改變其是否會干預軍事對抗的立場，但在經濟和外交制裁方面將非常明確。
Ａ：人們對民進黨的表現感到厭煩。 在競選的最後兩到三周裡，他們試圖使用「抗中保台」策略，但沒有奏效。 如果你想使用抗中言論，你必須能夠讓選民相信國民黨不會做得像民進黨那麼好（在抗中層面）。
Ｑ：您如何看待眾議員凱文·麥卡錫 (Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.) 承諾在 1 月成為眾議院議長後訪問台灣？
（本篇摘譯自〈China protests prompt U.S. political posturing〉，《Politico》，2022/12/01。）
Taiwan’s D.C.-based KMT rep braves the beltway
Taiwanese opposition party KMT, or Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party), launched a representative office in D.C. in June with ERIC HUANG as its resident representative. China Watcher sat down with Huang to discuss what the KMT is up to in D.C. and its views on U.S.-Taiwan relations.
Responses have been edited for length and clarity.
What are you doing in D.C.?
We’re here to understand the thinking, the intentions and logic behind some of the policymakers here in Washington. And to have contact with all of the agencies that deal with Taiwan in the executive branch and also all the think tanks. Also, anybody who has either spoken about Taiwan, went to Taiwan or endorsed a bill or act on Taiwan — starting from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
I’ll explain to our congressional contacts what some of the thinking is inside Taiwan and the KMT’s take on the issues.
Is the KMT for or against U.S. “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan?
Our official policy is that we are for strategic ambiguity. We support the maintenance of the status quo.
I think the U.S. is moving toward a clearer policy towards Taiwan. That means the United States probably won’t change its position in terms of whether it will intervene in a military confrontation, but it will come very close to clarity on economic and diplomatic sanctions.
Is the KMT rethinking its China “reunification” policy platform?
When we talk about reunification: This has to be done democratically. We will not engage in any reunification effort if a democratic China is not a precondition. We want to maintain the status quo, keep Beijing [ties] on a friendly basis and hopefully, maintain peace and stability.
Why did the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of President TSAI ING-WEN do so badly in last week’s city and county-level elections?
People are fed up with the DPP’s performance. In the last two to three weeks of the campaign, they tried to use an anti-China strategy, which did not work. If you want to use anti-China rhetoric, you have to be able to convince the voters that the KMT will not do as good a job as the DPP.
KMT chairman ERIC CHU has done a great job convincing voters that the KMT has a moderate stance but that we are also pro-U.S. and have a fair and balanced cross-Strait policy.
How do you feel about Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) pledge to visit Taiwan after he becomes House Speaker in January?
There are pros and cons. If the House Speaker’s travel to Taiwan has a substantial meaning to it, that’s one thing. But if it’s just a symbolic trip I think more can be done in the U.S.