Former representative to the US Stephen Chen (陳錫蕃) yesterday appealed to the Control Yuan to probe former representative Lo Fu-chen (羅福全) for negligence of duty and leaking classified information in his recently published book.
Lo, who represented Taiwan in Tokyo between 2000 and 2004 during the former Democratic Progressive Party government, recently published a book recounting the relationship between Taiwan and Japan during his years of service.
At a press conference for the book on Aug. 5, Lo criticized President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) view that the Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty signed on April 28, 1952, in Taipei is verified by international law and clearly states that Taiwan was returned to the Republic of China (ROC).
Lo said this view — regarding the status of Taiwan after Japan was forced to give up its colonies following its defeat in World War II — was wrong because Japan had only renounced its claim to Taiwan and Penghu, but did not state to whom they would belong under the Treaty of San Francisco signed on Sept. 8, 1951.
Chen yesterday accused Lo of “breaching the oath of office” Lo took, which obligates diplomats to observe the decrees of their country, to carry out their duties faithfully and to render service to the country, which is the ROC.
In Lo’s book, he wrote about the common security interest of Taiwan and Japan when describing how the US, Japan and Taiwan had discussed a possible Japanese response to to a decapitation strike launched by China against Taiwan.
Chen alleged that Lo had divulged classified information in writing about the case.
Lo was unavailable for comment at press time.