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Ex-foreign minister to head new 'go-south' office

2016/05/12 11:38:36

Former Foreign Minister James Huang (CNA file photo).

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) James Huang (黃志芳), a former foreign minister, will serve as the head of a new southward policy office, several Central Standing Committee members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Thursday.

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced at a regular meeting of the DPP Central Standing Committee Wednesday that after she assumes office May 20, the new southward policy office will be established, with Huang serving as director, they said.

Huang, 57, is a seasoned diplomat who served as foreign minister from 2006 to 2008 under then-President Chen Shui-biab (陳水扁).

DPP sources also said that Tsai will serve concurrently as party chairwoman after May 20. DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) will be promoted to the position of secretary-general, and former Taipei Councilwoman Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) will serve as deputy secretary-general.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)