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Hsiao's resignation as Taiwan's representative to U.S approved

11/28/2023 10:02 PM
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Taiwan's representative to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim (front center) attends a campaign in Hualien County on Nov. 26, 2023. CNA file photo
Taiwan's representative to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim (front center) attends a campaign in Hualien County on Nov. 26, 2023. CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has approved the resignation of Taiwan's representative to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), according to a Presidential Order issued on Tuesday.

Hsiao's resignation will take effect on Nov. 30, the Presidential Order says.

The order was issued following a press conference held by the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) the same day, during which it asked if Hsiao's resignation had became official, given that she is already campaigning as a vice president nominee in the 2024 presidential election.

On Nov. 20 Hsiao was formally named by Vice President Lai Ching-te, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential candidate, as his running mate in the Jan. 13 race.

The same day she tendered her resignation as Taiwan's top envoy to the U.S., a post she had held since July 2020.

In response to the KMT's question earlier Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed that Hsiao told Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Nov. 20 that she would resign from her diplomatic position.

MOFA spokesman Jeff Liu (劉永健) said Hsiao's resignation would take effect after President Tsai officially approves it and before that, Hsiao would be on paid leave.

While the Presidential Office and MOFA are still in the process of appointing Hsiao's successor, one of her two deputies, Robin Cheng (鄭榮俊), is currently serving as the acting representative to the U.S., Liu said.

Liu gave no timeline for when an official appointment would be made.

(By Sophia Yeh, Novia Huang and Chao Yen-hsiang)

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