Date: May 21, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
National Security Bureau (NSB) officials yesterday said they are monitoring
leads regarding a planned protest that might interfere with high-level cross-strait talks set to take place in Kinmen (金門) this weekend.
Bureau Director-General Lee Shying-jow (李翔宙) told legislators during yesterday’s meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei that his agency is responsible for the security of officials at a meeting between Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) and China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍).
Lee said the bureau gathered intelligence and met on Tuesday over reports on groups that intend to protest and disrupt the meeting.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and following up on developments. Our work is to ensure the meeting can be completed peacefully,” Lee said.
The Hsia-Zhang meeting was postponed to this month after the original scheduled talks in February were canceled amid a dispute over China’s unilateral decision to establish the M503 flight route and three feeder routes over the Taiwan Strait. [FULL STORY]