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President's top national security aide attends legislative hearing

President's top national security aide attends legislative hearing

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) King Pu-tsung, widely known as President Ma Ying-jeou's most trusted confidante, attended his first legislative hearing Thursday since assuming the position of National Security Council (NSC) head, arriving amid a huge media presence. King declined to answer most of the questions asked by the reporters, saying simply: "Thank you everyone" and "thank you for your concern." During the hearing, several legislators questioned King about previous visits he made to the Investigation Bureau, the Coast Guard Administration and the National Police Agency in June, which sparked criticism that he was "abusing his power" by "inspecting" those government agencies. In response, King said they were routine visits made in the company of National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Lee Shying-jow that were intended to brief him on national security-related issues. He denied that the visits construed "inspections." King pointed out that the NSB is under the NSC according to the law, and that as chief of NSC, he has a responsibility to understand how the NSB leads, coordinates with and supports other national security-related agencies. King said the purpose of the visits was to see if the agencies needed any assistance, adding that he did not give any instructions or directives during the visits. (By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-10-21 04:06 GMT+08:00