Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The vice chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, the agency that handles Taiwan's contacts with China, is considering staying on in his post at the request of President Ma Ying-jeou, according to sources.
Kao Koong-lian, who said he would follow suit after the foundation's chairman, Chiang Pin-kung, announced his resignation on Sept. 19, was urged by the president not to quit, sources said.
Instead of leaving, Ma asked Kao to stay in his post and share his rich experience in dealing with China with Chiang's replacement, Kuomintang secretary-general Lin Join-sane, a request that Kao is apparently considering, according to the sources.
A former vice minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, the agency responsible for planning China policy, Kao was named vice chairman and secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation in 2008.
(By Kelven Huang and Maubo Chang)