The Presidential Office yesterday dismissed speculation about a personnel reshuffle at the National Security Council (NSC) and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) after reports that council Secretary-General Hu Wei-jen (胡為真) would be replaced.
Presidential Office spokesperson Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) rejected a report in the Chinese-language Next Magazine weekly that said Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) would replace Hu as part of a reshuffle of national defense and national security personnel before President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) second inauguration on May 20. Fan Chiang described the story as sheer speculation.
Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) secretary-general King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) yesterday also dismissed the magazine’s claim that he had declined Ma’s invitation for him to take over as council secretary-general.
King, a top aide of Ma, will serve as an unpaid adviser in the KMT’s International Affairs Center to promote party diplomacy.
KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said King plans to keep his promise not to take over any government posts or join the decisionmaking team in the Ma administration.
“Mr King said during the presidential election campaign that he would leave the political circle after the election, and so President Ma did not discuss the position or any personnel reshuffle with him,” Yin said.
However, it is expected that Ma, who doubles as KMT chairman, will continue to consult King on government policies and political issues after King returns to the party as an unpaid adviser.
KMT sources said yesterday that Ma was satisfied with the performance of both Hu and Kao and had no plans for a reshuffle.