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U.S. approves of King's appointment as new representative: envoy

2012/09/22 17:32:50

Washington, Sept. 21 (CNA) The United States has expressed approval over the appointment of King Pu-tsung, a close aide of President Ma Ying-jeou, as Taiwan's next representative to the U.S., Jason Yuan, the incumbent representative, said Friday.

"The United States fully understands and has said it is happy to see King's appointment," Yuan said.

King, a former Kuomintang (KMT) secretary-general who currently serves as a top adviser to the KMT's international affairs department, was designated as Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the U.S. earlier in the week.

Yuan will take up the position of secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) after incumbent NSC Secretary-General Hu Wei-jen resigned from the post to take a position as a senior adviser to the Presidential Office.

The personnel changes were not decided suddenly, Yuan said, adding they were the result of many discussions between Taiwan and the United States.

"They were by no means accidental decisions," Yuan said.

Responding to criticism that the announcement of personnel changes came before the U.S. gave its consent and was therefore a "big diplomatic blunder," Yuan said the announcement actually took place in the wake of full communication.

Taiwan and the United States had a tacit agreement on King's appointment, and the new envoy was announced in conjunction with NSC personnel changes after careful consideration, Yuan said.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Lilian Wu)