Taipei, Nov. 1 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended its condolences Friday over the death of David Dean, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), who passed away Oct. 27 at the age of 88. The ministry said it was saddened by his passing and that President Ma Ying-jeou
has expressed condolences on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan. The statement did not provide further details on the circumstances surrounding the death of Dean, who between 1979 and 1986 served as the chairman in charge of Washington's de facto representative office in Taiwan before becoming its director in Taipei from 1987 to 1989.
The government appreciates Dean's firm friendship and his long-term concern for Taiwan, as well as his devotion to promoting bilateral relations, the foreign ministry said.
Dean continued to contribute a great deal to the building of a new pattern of bilateral exchanges, the ministry said, following the breaking off of diplomatic ties between the United States and the Republic of China in 1979. (By Angela Tsai and Lilian Wu)