New MAC head fails China photo test
The China Post news staff
October 3, 2012, 12:06 am TWN
The China Post news staff--Taiwan's new top official on China took his oath of office on Tuesday, but was immediately attacked by the opposition for failing to identify photos of most of Beijing's top politicians.
Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦), a trusted confidant of President Ma Ying-jeou who served as his spokesman from 2008 to 2010, was criticized in parliament immediately after being sworn in as chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council.
Wang was shown photos of the top nine members of the Chinese leadership but could recognize only two. Among those he failed to identify was China's 7th Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Jia Qinglin (賈慶林).
"You cannot even recognize Jia Qinglin," said Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) of the China-skeptic main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. "This could be very dangerous for China ties."
The appointment of Wang last month surprised many and raised concerns about whether the scholar-turned-politician was familiar enough with China affairs.
Wang succeeds Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) who has been appointed the island's envoy to the World Trade Organization.
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still claims sovereignty over the island and has threatened to invade should it declare formal independence.