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DPP: Review of deals led by Chang needed
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-22 06:58 PM
DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu said on Friday that if the former deputy chief of the country’s top Chinese-affair policy making body is suspected of leaking secrets to China, immediate damage-control measures and remedies for damage to national security should be in place as soon as possible.

Chang Hsien-yao, the former deputy minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), was removed from his post last week “for potential national security breaches,” said the MAC office on Wednesday. Investigation Bureau officials have been quoted by the media alleging that Chang had been recruited as a spy for China. Chang took office as the MAC deputy minister in early 2012.

Some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators expressed concern and urged the Ma Ying-jeou administration to suspend trade talks with China. DPP Secretary-General Wu said on Friday that Chang is the highest front-line negotiator on behalf of Taiwan, and an overhaul in deals with China might be needed to ensure the national interest of Taiwan. And if Chang was found guilty of leaking secrets to his Chinese counterpart allowing the other side to gain advantage in negotiations, the national security authority should then conduct a thorough damage assessment and limitation.

The minority opposition People First Party (PFP) proposed Thursday a cross-party legislative “truth-finding task force” to investigate Chang on suspicion of treason. Chang ran for a seat in the Legislature on behalf of the PFP and become active legislator-at-large between 2004 and 2008. Chang acted as the Kuomintang (KMT) legislator-at-large between 2008 and 2012.

"The recent spate of accusations and counter-accusations between Chang and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi, and those between the KMT and the DPP, has seriously damaged cross-Taiwan Strait relations," said the PFP in its statement on Thursday.

KMT spokesman Charles Chen accused the DPP of waging a partisan war in disregard of national security.

According to state media Central News Agency, the Investigation Bureau on Friday referred a suspected case of state secret leaks against Chang to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. The treason-related charge is a felony under Taiwanese law and would mean that Chang could be tried at the second level of Taiwan's three-tier judiciary system.

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