Wang not brushed aside for National Day: Lin
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday refuted allegations that his ministry tried to “push aside” Legislative Speaker Wang Jyn-ping (王金平) for the upcoming National Day receptions.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Chinese-language China Times said yesterday that Wang, who is also the chief organizer of the National Day Celebration Committee, has always received many visiting foreign dignitaries during the Republic of China's National Day festivities every October.
This year, however, the Foreign Ministry only arranged for four foreign delegations to meet with Wang.
The newspaper alleged that the ministry made the arrangement to “push aside” Wang as requested by top government officials due to the legislative speaker's alleged involvement in a high-profile lobbying scandal.
Lin yesterday denied the allegation, saying that the Foreign Ministry has made preparations for Wang's receptions with visiting foreign dignitaries and delegations in accordance with long-standing practices.
“We made the same arrangements this year as we did every year,” Lin said.
Lin added that the ministry has the highest respect over the legislative speaker and has informed him on all visiting foreign delegations to Wang and made arrangement accordingly.
According to the Foreign Ministry, so far 343 foreign dignitaries are scheduled to take part in the festivities to celebrate the R.O.C's 102nd anniversary next Thursday on Oct. 10.
The president of Palau, vice president of The Gambia, prime minister of the Solomon Islands, congressmen from Burkina Faso, and the foreign minister of Nicaragua are among the distinguished guests from among Taiwan's 23 allies that will be joining the celebrations, the ministry said.
Countries without formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan are also sending delegations, including the United States, Japan, and European nations, according to the ministry.