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Arrival Announcement: Raymond F. Burghardt, Chairman of the Board, American Institute in Taiwan

PR0818E | Date: 2008-03-26

Raymond F. Burghardt, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), will arrive in Taipei Thursday, March 27, and will stay until Sunday, March 30, 2008.

This is Mr. Burghardt's fourth trip to Taiwan since his appointment as AIT's chairman in February of 2006.  While in Taiwan, he will meet with President Chen Shui-bian, President-elect Ma Ying-jeou, and a variety of major figures in Taiwan's politics and business.

Mr. Burghardt was the director of the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei office from 1999 to 2001.  His distinguished career in public service included assignments as the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam and as the U.S. consul general in Shanghai, as well as 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.