Since the country in which she had been stationed refused to have dealings with her, it is quite evident that Shih had failed in her job. She was not able to fulfill the most fundamental task of maintaining the integrity of the ROC in that country, to the extent that our government had little choice but to recall her. As far as Ma is concerned, he has to learn the importance of choosing people who are most suited to a task, rather than those he just happens to like. If he does not, he will only end up looking like an amateur.
Chu Yen-kuei is a lecturer of law at National Open University.
Translated by Paul Cooper