MAC BIAS?Storm Media said Tsai Ing-wen’s desire for stability means she is inclined to promote Mainland Affairs Council and pan-blue officials to leadership
Date: Mar 27, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator and former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng
(王金平) yesterday denied a report that he was offered the chairmanship of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Online news portal Storm Media reported late on Friday that president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) contacted Wang — who Tsai considers a good candidate for the position — and offered him the chairpersonship, adding that Wang did not oppose the idea of quitting as a legislator to take the job.
The report said that because Tsai considers stability and maintaining the “status quo” as the guiding principles of her staffing plan for agencies dealing with cross-strait affairs, she has been, according to sources, inclined to promote officials working in the Mainland Affairs Council to leadership positions and to have someone from the pan-blue camp head the foundation.
The report said that Wang was keen on accepting the offer and playing the role of bridging gaps between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, but his aides were divided over the issue.
“It is all rumors,” Wang said. [FULL STORY]