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Ex-US envoy King sworn in as national security advisor

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

During a swearing-in ceremony held in the Presidential Office yesterday, the 57-year-old King officially become the fourth secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) after Ma took office as the R.O.C. president in May 2008.

King took over the post from his predecessor Jason Yuan (袁健生), who was also a former top representative to Washington. The 72-year-old Yuan now takes up the post as senior advisor to the president.

A former KMT secretary-general, King took over as Taiwan's representative to Washington in December 2012.

Widely seen as Ma's closest aide, King previously served as Taipei deputy mayor from 2004-2006, when Ma was mayor.

A year after Ma was elected president in 2008, King was appointed KMT secretary-general by Ma, who doubles as party chairman.

During the 2012 presidential election, King, serving as executive director of Ma's campaign office, helped Ma win re-election.

Meanwhile, King's post will be taken over by Taiwan's top envoy to the UK, Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡). Shen is scheduled to assume his post in Washington next month.

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.

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