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MAC denies reports of its chief remaining after May 20

MAC denies reports of its chief remaining after May 20

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Tuesday rejected reports that its chief Hsia Li-yan will be retained in his position by the new Democratic Progressive Party administration, which will take office in May.

As Hsia has reiterated many times, he has his own plans after the May 20 inauguration of the new government, the MAC told CNA.

The reports of Hsia remaining in his post after May 20 are not true, the MAC said, adding that its chief has no information about the composition of the new Cabinet.

Since assuming office on Feb. 17, 2015, Hsia has had two meetings with Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office. He also helped facilitate a historic meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Nov. 7, 2015.

In view of Hsia's expertise in cross-Taiwan Strait and foreign affairs, the reports said, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is hoping to retain him as MAC chief to help stabilize relations with China. (By Chen Chia-lun and Y.F. Low)