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MAC deputy heads ready to resign after minister's new appointment

2012/09/20 21:43:40

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) All three incumbent deputy heads of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) are ready to follow precedent and tender their resignations after the official resignation of Lai Shin-yuan as head of the main agency in charge of China affairs, a council spokesman said Thursday.

Deputy head Liu Te-shun, however, did not provide a specific date with regard to when Kao Charng, Chang Hsien-yao and himself will resign.

A day earlier, Wang Yu-chi, a national security advisor to President Ma Ying-jeou, was tapped to replace Lai, with Lai being tapped to become Taiwan's permanent representative to the World Trade Organization.

Whether the three deputy heads' resignations will be accepted will depend on the decision of Wang.

The personnel reshuffle, however, will not affect the government's current adjustment of policies concerning cross-Taiwan Strait affairs amid improving Taiwan-China relations, Liu said.

"Cross-departmental cooperation has been launched to address the issue, and we see no reason to worry," he said.

Liu said the ongoing policy adjustments include the establishment of reciprocal offices between the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), to facilitate mutual dialogue.

The SEF and ARATS are quasi-official bodies responsible for handling cross-strait affairs in the absence of official ties.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)