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Yao Jen-to elected vice chairman of SEF

2018/06/21 14:59:38

Yao Jen-to

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Yao Jen-to (姚人多), deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office, was elected Thursday as vice chairman and secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

Yao's election was confirmed at a board meeting of the SEF, a semi-official intermediary body that deals with cross-Taiwan Strait affairs, its spokesperson Kuan An-lu (管安露) said.

Following his confirmation, Yao said he will work with the SEF staff to handle cross-strait affairs based on the principle of serving the interests of people on the two sides of the strait, according to Kuan.

On the question of how Yao's stance on Taiwan independence might affect his job, Kuan said people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and China should not be influenced by political factors and she noted that the two sides have been engaged in exchanges for more than 30 years.

Taiwan has always kept an open mind about cross-strait exchanges and will not turn down opportunities for exchanges with pro-unification factions in China, Kuan said.

Yao on Wednesday resigned as deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office to take up the new position in the SEF, according to Kuan.

Meanwhile, commenting on Yao's election, SEF Chairwoman Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月) said he is a capable person who will contribute to the positive development of cross-strait relations.

She also said the SEF will set up a telephone hotline in August or September to provide information to young people seeking to study in China.

The SEF will also continue to improve it services to China-based Taiwanese businesses, Chinese spouses of Taiwanese nationals, and Chinese students in Taiwan, Chang said.

(By Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao)