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Foreign minister mum on successor speculation

2012/04/24 12:38:03

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said Tuesday he cannot comment whether Taiwan's representative to Japan, John Feng, will take over his position next month.

"I haven't heard any information in this regard, so I won't make any further comment," Yang told reporters after a swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed diplomats.

The minister did praise Feng, however, as an "outstanding diplomat" whose performance has greatly improved Taiwan's relations with Japan over the past three years.

The Chinese-language Liberty Times reported that Feng could possibly be appointed foreign minister before President Ma Ying-jeou begins his second term on May 20.

A personnel reshuffle involving high-ranking officials in the fields of national security, national defense, foreign affairs and cross-Taiwan Strait affairs is expected before the inauguration ceremony, it said.

Yang is one of the officials, along with Taiwan's representatives to the United States and Canada, who are likely to be replaced or have their responsibilities changed, according to the report.

(By Nancy Liu)