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Business leader says he doubts Lin Join-sane’s abilities

Staff writer, with CNA

President of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, Jonathan Huang, speaks during the organization’s 18th congress held in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The president of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, Jonathan Huang (黃正勝), yesterday said he was worried about the capabilities of the man named as Taiwan’s new top negotiator with China and who is to handle cross-strait affairs.

Lin Join-sane (林中森), the new chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), is a “nice” person, but it is “doubtful” whether he is capable of handling the job, Huang told reporters on the sidelines of the chambers’ annual congress in Taipei.

Huang said he is “worried” about both Lin’s lack of experience in cross-strait affairs and his ability to fulfill his role as Taiwan’s top negotiator with China.

However, Lin has President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) trust and should therefore show his determination to perform well in his new position, the business leader said.

Lin, a former Cabinet secretary-general and secretary-general of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), has never been to China.

At the SEF’s handover ceremony last week when Lin officially took up his new position, Ma said Lin had “always accomplished his mission in every post he held.”

Lin will begin with “a clean slate, which will give him more leeway,” Ma said at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Huang told reporters that the government officials responsible for economic and financial affairs are worse than their predecessors. These officials have not suggested any policies or guidelines to boost the morale of Taiwanese businesses that operate overseas, he said.

Furthermore, no one has been able to explain to him the details of an economic growth-boosting plan recently proposed by the Cabinet, Huang said.

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