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Chiou responds to report on KMT assets

By Ko Shu-Ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) administration is barking up the wrong tree by criticizing the National Security Council (NSC) under the previous administration for asking the KMT to return its stolen party assets, former council secretary-general Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) said yesterday.

Chiou said while the KMT administration should have questioned whether such a government policy was good, they instead criticized the council for being involved in the matter when he was its head.

Chiou said that reclaiming the KMT’s stolen assets was a state matter rather than an issue between the KMT and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Therefore, an inter-ministerial task force — which included the council — was set up to handle the affair, he said, emphasizing that the council did not play a decisive role.

The new administration apparently interpreted the government policy as another means of partisan fighting between the KMT and DPP, he said.

Chiou made the remarks in response to a report published in yesterday’s Chinese-language United Daily News. The report said that that the council found classified documents handed over by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) indicating that the council had “secretly” investigated the KMT’s assets during Chen’s presidency.

A “high-ranking decision maker” was quoted in the report as saying that while the council should have served as an advisory board for the president in setting the agenda for cross-strait, foreign affairs and defense policies, it had instead acted as a “hit man” for the DPP.

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