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King denies reports he complained about NSC head with DPP

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States yesterday denied an online media report that said he criticized National Security Council Secretary-General Jason Yuan (袁健生) during a recent conversation with an opposition lawmaker.

In a released statement, King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) said yesterday that he never complained about anything regarding Yuan during his conversation with Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at the conclusion of the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee on Monday.

King said his conversation with Chiu, convener of the committee, was meant to explain the reason for a homecoming trip to Taipei on Dec. 9, 2013.

King said his brief trip back to Taipei was to promote an important Taiwan-U.S. project which he cannot yet make public. He must personally report the case to Yuan. The envoy said he would never criticize the NSC head.

He expressed regret over the ungrounded and fictitious reports made by some local media.

An online Chinese language news provider Storm Media (風傳媒) posted a report on its Facebook page late Monday that quoted a source as saying that King complained about Yuan's health condition during his conversation with the DPP lawmaker earlier that day.

The source said that according to King the important Taiwan-U.S. project was originally Yuan's responsibility. However, because of the NSC chief's poor health condition, King said he had to travel all the way from Washington back to Taipei to do Yuan's work for him, the Storm Media report said.

Chiu Confirms King's Story

Meanwhile, Chiu yesterday also confirmed that King did not complain about Yuan during their Monday conversation.

She also said she did not disclose the content of their talk to other people, so she was not sure about the source of the Storm Media report.

King was currently in Taipei to join Monday's report at the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee regarding Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Yuan had undergone eye surgery for treating macular degeneration and had taken sick leaves from the NSC for a period of time last October, NSC Deputy Secretary-General Lu Hsiao-jung (陸小榮) previously told lawmakers in the Legislative Yuan.

Yuan's health condition has largely improved after treating his eye problem, according to a local media report.

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