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Lin left alone to defend flip-flops in Manila row

HOT SEAT:Jason Yuan and Timothy Yang did not a appear before the legislature, saying they were not Cabinet members. David Lin said he took full responsibility

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

“Ma was so slow to respond to the [May 9] incident. He did not call an NSC meeting to discuss the issue until May 11. Furthermore, Ma made a grave mistake when he said he would not dispatch military ships to show the nation’s determination to protect fishermen at the very beginning of the incident,” Lin Chia-lung said.

Yuan and Yang should shoulder larger responsibility than David Lin, because they both were experienced diplomats, but they failed to provide Ma with correct information and right advice at the critical juncture, Lin Chia-lung said.

Responding to DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), David Lin said that he had authorization from the NSC to negotiate with Basilio and had followed the guiding principles indicated by the NSC to handle the negotiation.

However, the decisions made during the negotiation “were my own,” David Lin said.

Tuan demanded that David Lin step down because he had said to Basilio during the negotiations and at the following midnight press conference that the government could wait until noon on May 15 for Manila to confirm that Basilio had proper authorization to discuss the issue, which was rejected by Ma, who decided at 7am on May 15 that the negotiation’s outcome was unacceptable.

KMT Legislator Chen Pi-han (陳碧涵) said she did not consider it necessary for David Lin to step down, and praised him as a professional diplomat.

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