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Taiwan SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kun resigns

Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kun made a report in the Legislative Yuan on the agreement contents signed in the third cross-strait t...

Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kun made a report in the Legislative Yuan on the agreement contents signed in the third cross-strait t...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – While the third round of cross-strait talks just ended in late April, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kun (江丙坤) suddenly submitted resignation to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Monday night. Sources reveal that Chiang “had made up his mind to leave”.

His resignation letter cited his present accomplishments and mudslinging to his family members as reasons to go. In the past three rounds, he has signed nine agreements and a joint statement with his counterpart, achieving the goal of cross-strait exchanges in this stage. Moreover, his family members have been slandered by false accusations, which he felt frustrated, according to the letter.

Chiang came under fire last month for allegedly close business links between his son and China. Chiang denied all charges and dismissed the issue of conflict of interest.

Chiang confirmed on Tuesday night that he had presented resignation to Ma on Monday, saying that the decision was made in consideration of his age, physical strength, and capability. He said he had decided to serve the post for only a year when he took office and that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

According to newspaper reports, Chiang had a stirring of emotion that Ma neither accepted his resignation nor persuaded him to stay in the first place. Chiang then immediately submitted resignation in document format to the National Security Council.

Presidential spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) today said that Ma would dissuade Chiang from resigning and not approve his resignation.

Chiang said in media interview ahead of a legislative session Wednesday morning that Ma had asked him to stay amid the crucial moment of cross-strait relations and suggested that he take a vacation to get some rest for a while.

But Chiang still reiterated that given his old age, he wished to spend more time with his family.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party today said that the party already thought Chiang’s appointment was a mistake and also expressed concerns over the ensuing disputes surrounding Chiang’s family. The DPP further lashed out at the ruling party that Chiang’s resignation was the result of internal power struggle. It was reported that Ma would run for party chairman in June and that the incumbent chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄) would be rewarded the position of SEF chairman.

by Taiwan News, Staff Writer


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:19 GMT+08:00