Date
21 August 2017
Wang Yu-lin (left) quit after his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao was cleared of leaking information to the mainland. Photos: Xinhua, AFP
Wang Yu-lin (left) quit after his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao was cleared of leaking information to the mainland. Photos: Xinhua, AFP

Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief quits over court ruling

Wang Yu-chi, the head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), resigned Tuesday after objecting to a court ruling clearing a former deputy of leaking sensitive information to the mainland.

Chang Hsien-yao had been under investigation since last year, but prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence of his alleged offence.

Wang submitted his resignation in response, Reuters reported.

“I do not agree with the prosecutors’ decision, but I fully respect it,” he told a news briefing carried live on television.

The MAC said last year Chang left his post for “family reasons”. Chang later said he was forced to do so.

“He was not charged, due to lack of sufficient evidence of leaking information,” the Taipei district prosecutors office said in a statement earlier.

“What Chang and other defendants had done did not damage national interests and security,” it said.

The MAC handles cross-strait policy with its mainland counterpart, the Taiwan Affairs Office. 

Wang’s resignation was not expected to have any impact on relations with the mainland, the report said.

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