The reports said Liao felt aggrieved that his campaign efforts were only rewarded with a “nominal post” [the AEAR chairmanship] and he had only reluctantly taken the job out of respect for Ma.
He apparently submitted his resignation some time ago, but it was only accepted after the fisheries agreement was signed, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.
Meanwhile, National Security Council advisor Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進) has reportedly been picked to replace Liao, sources familiar with the matter said.
Lee has a master’s degree in economics from a Japanese university and has served as a KMT legislator and caucus whip. He handles Taiwan-Japan relations at the council, the sources said.
The government hopes that relations with Japan will continue smoothly under Lee, a source said.