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Reports of diplomatic posts for Lu and Su denied

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday all denied a media report that the two would be appointed to diplomatic posts abroad.

The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday reported that after president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assumes office next month, Lu would be appointed the ambassador to Panama, Su the representative to Singapore and former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) the representative to Japan.

DPP spokesperson Ruan Jhao-syong (阮昭雄) denied the report yesterday.

DPP Legislator Su Chiao-hui (蘇巧慧), Su Tseng-chang’s daughter, said she was shocked at hearing the news in the morning, and immediately called her father.

“I saw the news when I was having my breakfast. I almost dropped my jaw into my coffee, because I had not heard anything about it,” said Su Chiao-hui in response to media queries. “I called my father to ask him about it, he told me that no one ever discussed it with him, so he did not know where the news came from either.”

Su Chiao-hui said her family has good ties with the family of late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀), as well as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍), but private relationships should not be the only consideration for a diplomatic appointment.

She added that Su Tseng-chang would be willing to work for the benefit of the nation, but does not care which position he holds.

DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡), a close associate of Su Tseng-chang, said he has never heard any such news.

“If Su Tseng-chang has been asked about the position, he would certainly have discussed it with me, but he did not,” Wu said. “Based on my understanding of him, I don’t think he would accept the position, because there are still many things he wants to accomplish in Taiwan.”

Lu also rebutted the report.

“I have never and would never consider holding a public office in the new government. I would only serve as a volunteer for Taiwan,” Lu said in a statement. “However, I would like to urge the government to respect public offices of the nation, respect political ethics and professional experiences, and refrain from engaging in exchanges behind closed doors.”

Hsieh did not make any response to the report.

However, there was speculation earlier last month that Hsieh would be appointed the representative to Japan, which he never confirmed or denied.

Sources close to Hsieh told the media in private that Hsieh’s appointment is already “90 percent certain.”

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