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King to report to legislators on January 6: DPP lawmaker

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee agreed to rearrange the scheduled report of King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), the nations top envoy to the U.S., to Jan. 6, 2014, the committee's convener said yesterday.

Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said the DPP and the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) reached the agreement yesterday morning.

Asked to comment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed yesterday that King is willing to return to Taipei to field questions at the Legislature on Jan. 6.

The committee originally asked the envoy to report on Taiwan-U.S. relations and field questions at the Legislature next Monday.

However, King rejected the proposal. MOFA said that King was unable to return to Taiwan as requested by lawmakers next Monday because of his “tight schedule.”

MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said Thursday that King just returned to Washington on Dec. 17 following a brief trip to Taipei last week.

She added that the envoy has many important Taiwan-U.S. projects that he needs to deal with as well as other important public duties in Washington that prevent him from coming back to Taiwan soon.

The decision has elicited protest from Chiu, who accused the envoy of contempt of the Legislature.

The lawmaker threatened that the DPP legislative caucus will launch “responsive measures,” including freezing MOFA's budget, if King does not show up at the Legislative Yuan next Monday.

MOFA said yesterday that King meant no disrespect to Chiu and the legislators. The envoy was simply hoping to find a mutually acceptable schedule to come back to report to lawmakers, MOFA said.

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