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Taiwan's deputy chief cross-strait negotiator resigns
Central News Agency
2014-01-10 10:37 AM
Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Kao Koong-lian has officially tendered his resignation as vice chairman and secretary-general of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) that is responsible for negotiations with China, officials said Friday. President Ma Ying-jeou is aware of Kao's resignation, Presidential Office officials said. There is, however, no information at present on who will take over the position, the officials added.

Over the past two years, the 70-year-old Kao had indicated several times that he wanted to leave the position but was convinced to stay on, according to SEF Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shaw-chang.

Kao's resignation this time has been accepted by SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane and is expected to take effect Feb. 6 after it is approved by the board of the foundation, Ma Shaw-chang said. Kao, a former vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, has served as vice chairman of the SEF since 2008. He has been actively involved in cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations that have led to the signing of 19 agreements over the past five years. (By Scarlett Chai and Y.F. Low)

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