Mon, Dec 04, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Senior diplomat Ting Gan-cheng to fill Israel vacancy

PACKING THIER BAGS After considerable delays, MOFA have named the nation's new representatives in Tel Aviv and New Zealand

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has finally filled the vacancy for Taiwan's representative in Israel, announcing that senior diplomat Ting Gan-cheng (丁干城) will soon take up the post.

The ministry had not appointed a replacement mission chief following the retirement of former representative to Israel, Teng Shen-sheng (鄧申生), in February.

Michael Huang (黃光勳), the deputy chief of the National Security Bureau, was rumored to have been in line to fill Teng's post.

However, it has been alleged that this subsequently fell through as a result of Huang's involvement in the case of former US State Department official Donald Keyser's betrayal of state secrets.

The ministry denied this speculation and said that the delayed announcement of the new representative to Israel was because of Israel's invasion of Lebanon.

Ting has been serving as deputy secretary-general of the ministry's Coordination Council for North American Affairs and has served in the Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs.

Ting earned a master's degree in law at Soochow University specializing in international law and subsequently worked in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv for six years.

Meanwhile, John Chen (陳忠), director-general of the Department of International Organizations, will be sent to New Zealand to serve as Taiwan's representative there.

This follows speculation that former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council Parris Chang (張旭成) was originally the first-choice candidate for the position but that Chang was nixed by New Zealand.

In June, former representative to New Zealand Victor Chin (秦日新) was demoted to the post of consultant at the country's trade mission in Fiji due to his alleged involvement in embezzling official funds.

Also, Lo Koon-tsan (羅坤燦), executive director of ministry's Committee on Japanese Affairs, was appointed as the second deputy representative to Japan to join Chen Hung-chi (陳鴻基), Taiwan's deputy representative.

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