Deputy minister resignation will not affect China trade talks: Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) The weekend resignation of the deputy head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy planner, will not affect future trade talks across the Taiwan Strait, said Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun Tuesday. Asked in an interview with Hit FM if Chang Hsien-yao's departure from the MAC would affect follow-up negotiations on the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), Duh said there would be no impact on the technical communication platform between his ministry and China's Ministry of Commerce. There are political and technical communication platforms in place across the strait, he explained. The MAC has said that Chang stepped down pending an "administrative investigation" into matters "related to his work" and that it has sent Chang's case to the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau for handling. Investigation Bureau Director-General Wang Chung-yi confirmed Tuesday that his bureau received a tip that Chang may have leaked secrets. Lin Chu-chia, another MAC deputy minister, has been named to replace Chang as the principal deputy of the Cabinet-level agency responsible for Taiwan's policies toward China. (By Huang Chiao-wen, Yin Chun-chieh and Elaine Hou)