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Foreign ministry to explain Taiwan-Singapore ties to Control Yuan

2012/07/17 14:48:37

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will explain Taiwan's diplomatic relations with Singapore to the Control Yuan, the ministry spokesman Steve Hsia said Tuesday, amid reports that Taiwan's former envoy to Singapore had put bilateral ties in jeopardy.

"The foreign ministry will report in detail to the Control Yuan how it pushed bilateral relations forward," Hsia said in a routine press conference.

Hsia's remark followed a recent media report that claimed Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih was "seriously negligent" during her tenure as representative to Singapore 2009-2011.

Citing anonymous sources, the Chinese-language China Times reported that after months of investigation, the Control Yuan found Shih's performance in Singapore damaging to bilateral relations.

Although the report has been delivered to the foreign ministry, Hsia said "he cannot reveal the content," but "the ministry will answer to the Control Yuan in due time."

Asked if the foreign ministry deemed Shih "negligent," the spokesman said that "the foreign ministry has given high remarks for Shih's diplomatic achievements."

The foreign ministry has been backing Shih ever since rumors started that she offended the Singapore government last year by making contact with the country's opposition party and displaying Taiwan's national flag at an event.

Despite the rumors, Shih was sworn in as Taiwan's new vice foreign minister earlier this month. In various interviews, Foreign Minister Timothy Yang has said Shih was promoted for her "extraordinary performance."

(By Nancy Liu)
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