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King designated new national security head

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Presidential Office yesterday confirmed that Taiwan's top envoy to the United States, King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), will become President Ma Ying-jeou's new chief national security advisor.

The confirmation ended months-long media speculations over whether King, who is widely believed to be Ma's close friend and aide, would replace Jason Yuan (袁健生) as the new secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC, 國安會).

Meanwhile, the 72-year-old Yuan will take up the post as senior advisor to the president, a source at the Presidential Office said yesterday.

The source said that King's post will be taken over by Taiwan's top envoy to the UK, Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡).

A seasoned career diplomat, the 64-year-old Shen previously served as Taiwan's deputy representative to the U.S. and as a deputy foreign minister before becoming the nation's de facto ambassador to the UK in December 2011.

Local media speculated that Shen's vacancy will be filled by Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih (史亞平), but Shih has denied the arrangement.

A source in the Presidential Office yesterday said the latest personnel reshuffle is meant to take advantage of King's experiences in Washington.

King has successfully served as a bridge between Taipei and Washington over the past year.

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